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Plug In America to Help Hawaii Get 'EV Ready'

Tue, 03/22/2011
PLUG IN AMERICA RECEIVES GRANT TO HELP HAWAII GET "EV READY" NONPROFIT WILL USE FUNDS TO BOOST CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE, PROMOTE PLUG-IN VEHICLES FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Zan Dubin Scott

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 SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., March 22, 2011--Plug In America, the nation’s leading plug-in vehicle advocacy organization, will help accelerate plug-in vehicle adoption in Hawaii with a $50,000 grant from the state’s “EV Ready” program. Under the program, funded with federal stimulus money, Plug In America will create installation guidelines and planning recommendations for a plug-in vehicle charging infrastructure across the state. Last year, the nonprofit organization served as a consultant on similar work for the state of Washington, which produced the nation’s first such electric vehicle infrastructure guide for local governments. It will also use grant funds to continue its educational outreach about the benefits of electric transportation in Hawaii, which depends on petroleum for the majority of its energy needs. The group was one of six companies and other entities to receive a total of $2.6 million in grant funding awarded by the state’s Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. "We are thrilled that the state of Hawaii recognized the importance of having Plug In America participate in the EV Ready project,” said Plug In America president Dan Davids. “Our extensive real-world experience driving electric vehicles since the early 2000s, combined with our independent advocacy for the consumer speaks to the vital role we have to play in the rollout of the next generation of vehicles.” Plug In America will work with automakers, EV charging-equipment manufacturers, installers, utilities and government agencies, as well as with consumers, to help develop a plug-in charging infrastructure for Hawaii. Other EV Ready grant recipients include AeroVironment, Better Place, GreenCar Hawaii, the County of Kauai and the City and County of Honolulu. About Plug In America: Plug In America is leading the nation’s plug-in vehicle movement. The nonprofit organization works to accelerate the shift to plug-in vehicles powered by clean, affordable, domestic electricity to reduce our nation's dependence on petroleum and improve the global environment. Zan Dubin Scott Communications Director Plug In America O: (310) 392-1130 C: (310) 383-0956 http://www.pluginamerica.org www.twitter.com: @zandubinscott