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December 30, 2014

OpConnect Hawaii Expands with New EV Charging Ports and Additional Investment from Ulupono Initiative

Categories: Energy | Press Release

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Honolulu (Dec. 30, 2014)OpConnect Hawaii, the biggest provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the islands, announced today the installation of eight new charging ports on Oahu and Maui and an additional investment from the Ulupono Initiative. 

OpConnect Hawaii recently completed installing six charging ports at the new One Ala Moana condominium located at the Ala Moana Center, as well as two charging ports at Foodland Kehalani in Wailuku, Maui. With more than 1,500 registered EV drivers in Hawaii, OpConnect operates the state’s largest network of charging stations with nearly 100 charge spots at sites on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island.

Along expanding its network, OpConnect Hawaii also received an additional funding of $65,000 from Honolulu-based Ulupono Initiative, which initially invested $350,000 in 2013. The new investment will go toward strengthening OpConnect Hawaii’s operations and installing the company’s innovative Mark II charging stations statewide. 

“Our investment in OpConnect Hawaii demonstrates Ulupono’s commitment to supporting the state’s growing EV industry,” said Ulupono Initiative’s Managing Partner Murray Clay. “We are working closely with OpConnect to ensure our funding helps it provide Hawaii’s EV drivers with much-needed public charging support to alleviate ‘range anxiety’ and promote the use of EVs overall.”

“Ulupono Initiative has been a terrific partner both with its investments and support of OpConnect Hawaii,” said Dexter Turner, OpConnect Hawaii CEO. “It has been rewarding to work collaboratively with a long-term partner that shares our vision for a better Hawaii. This investment ensures Hawaii’s EV drivers have expanding access to reliable and easy-to-use stations for charging their electric vehicles throughout the islands.”

OpConnect’s Mark II Level 2 public charging stations feature a 15-inch touchscreen display, optional 32-inch display, integrated credit card reader and more. OpConnect offers advanced smart networking features such as point-of-sale (POS) payments, reservations/queuing, data management, demand response, tiered rate plans and digital advertising.

OpConnect’s network has been integrated with other EV charging station manufacturers to provide these and other features for their Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 products.

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About Ulupono Initiative
Ulupono Initiative LLC is a for-profit, impact investment firm that strives to improve the quality of life for the people of Hawaii by working toward solutions that create more locally grown food, increase clean renewable energy production and reduce waste. For more information about Ulupono Initiative, please visit www.ulupono.com or follow @ulupono on Twitter.

About OpConnect Hawaii
OpConnect Hawaii is a technology leader in electric vehicle charging systems. The OpConnect Electric Vehicle Charging System® is an end-to-end EV charging solution including charging stations, a secure wireless communications network, billing and charging station management solutions and mobile phone applications. For more information about OpConnect, please visit www.opconnect.com and view our OpConnect EVSE Network video (http://bit.ly/opconnectev).