Officials say electric buses will help drive Hawaii toward a more sustainable future, and are looking at adding more of them to their fleets.
A demonstration at Iolani Palace Wednesday showcased buses that could be considered when the state looks to implement passenger shuttles between the terminal and rental car facility at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport later this year.
The vehicles were made by BYD Company Ltd., the world’s largest electric vehicle manufacturer, and Proterra Inc., which has tested its zero-emissions electric battery buses on Oahu and Maui.
“I strongly support initiatives that bring us closer to reaching our sustainable energy goals,” said Governor David Ige. “The use of alternative energy vehicles on Hawaii roads and at our state’s busiest airport is a step in the right direction.”
“It is imperative that our state is an early adopter of electric buses, as it will move the whole community in a positive direction and reduce fossil fuel dependence,” said Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho. “Electric vehicles combined with denser towns, more bikes and walkable communities, Complete Streets, roundabouts, and connected communities is the way of the future.”
Hawaiian Electric predicts that half of all light-duty vehicles in Hawaii will be electric by 2045.