Ulupono Initiative

OpConnect Hawaii

Increasing the number of EV public charging stations statewide.

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Background

In September 2013, Ulupono Initiative announced its investment of $350,000 in OpConnect Hawaii to install public Mark II Level 2 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations statewide. Ulupono provided an additional $65,000 investment to OpConnect Hawaii in December 2014.

OpConnect Hawaii operates the largest network of charging stations in the state with about 100 charge spots on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii Island. The OpConnect network has approximately 1,500 registered EV drivers in Hawaii. In March 2013, the company took over the Hawaii operations of Better Place with plans to replace Better Place charge spots with OpConnect stations.

Why We Invested

Ulupono views EV charging networks, such as OpConnect, as crucial for the mass adoption of EVs in Hawaii. Increasing the number of stations statewide means more consumers will be able to easily charge their vehicles and avoid ‘range anxiety.’ With more EVs on Hawaii’s roads, we’re helping achieve our goal of reducing dependence on imported oil with more efficient technology.

“We are excited to receive the investment and support from the Ulupono Initiative. This will ensure Hawaii’s EV drivers have a reliable and easy-to-use station for charging their electric vehicles throughout the islands. Together, we are helping the state of Hawaii realize its green energy goals.”

– Dexter Turner, OpConnect Hawaii CEO

Impact

  • Expands Hawaii's electric vehicle (EV) charging network
  • Reduces 'range anxiety' among Hawaii's EV drivers
  • Reduces Hawaii's dependence on imported oil for transportation

At a Glance

 
Investment Area
Energy
Financial Model
For-Profit
Website
OpConnect.com