Last updated: February 2, 2024

In the midst of breathtaking landscapes and paradisiacal surroundings, Hawaii has set its sights on yet another horizon – the electrification of transportation. As the world races toward a greener future, the Aloha State has emerged as a shining example of how incentives can drive the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) and the expansion of charging infrastructure. Thanks to the initiatives by Hawai’i Energy, residents and businesses across the islands are being rewarded for their commitment to sustainability.

Hawaii’s NEVI Formula Program Grants 2024

Hawaiian Electric has initiated a Request for Information (RFI) to identify potential qualified providers for service plans or other agreement structures specific to Hawai‘i, focusing on delivering a fully integrated, operated, and maintained public EV charging solution. With total funding of $3,765,855 allocated for 2024, this effort aligns with Hawaiian Electric’s plan to expand its public charging network by adding 150 DCFC ports and up to 300 Level 2 ports across its service territory. The RFI seeks insights into executing a service level agreement (SLA) meeting the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure required 97% average annual uptime in Hawai‘i. Interested providers are invited to respond to a comprehensive questionnaire by February 9, 2024, for consideration in the subsequent competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) process aimed at procuring the necessary goods and services.

Hawai’i Energy’s EV Charging Incentives

Hawai’i Energy, the state’s energy conservation and efficiency program, has unveiled a wave of incentives designed to encourage the installation of EV charging stations. With a dual focus on both convenience and eco-consciousness, these incentives aim to make electric vehicle ownership a viable and attractive option for everyone, from individuals to businesses.

Charging the Way Forward: Workplace and Multi-Unit Dwelling Charging Stations

For workplaces and multi-unit dwellings looking to join the EV revolution, the incentive program offers an impressive financial boost. Installing newly networked dual-port Level 2 EV charging stations can lead to rebates of up to $4,500 per station. This not only reduces the upfront costs of installation but also makes it financially feasible for businesses and property managers to embrace sustainable transportation solutions.

Supercharge Savings: DC Fast Charging Stations

Hawai’i Energy’s incentives don’t stop at Level 2 charging. In recognition of the need for fast and efficient charging options, the program provides even more substantial rebates for networked DC Fast Charging stations. These stations are crucial for reducing charging times, making EVs even more practical for longer journeys. Businesses venturing into this realm can benefit from rebates of up to an impressive $35,500 per networked DC Fast Charging station, propelling both convenience and sustainability to new heights.

A Second Life for Charging Infrastructure: Retrofitting Incentives

Hawai’i Energy’s commitment to sustainable transportation doesn’t just stop at new installations. The program extends its generous incentives to those who retrofit existing charging stations. For retrofitted networked Level 2 dual port stations, rebates can go as high as $3,000 per station. For those looking to upgrade their networked DC Fast Charging stations, rebates of up to $28,000 per station are available.

Act Fast: First-Come, First-Served Basis

While the incentives are enticing, it’s important to remember that they are available on a first-come, first-served basis. As funding is limited, those eager to capitalize on these incentives should act swiftly to secure their share of the financial support. With the popularity of electric vehicles on the rise, these incentives are likely to be in high demand.

Driving Hawai’i’s Green Future

Hawai’i’s EV charging incentives have set the stage for a cleaner, more sustainable future. By encouraging the widespread installation of charging infrastructure, the state is not only making EV ownership more convenient but also contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel consumption. With the lush landscapes and turquoise waters as a backdrop, Hawai’i is proving that paradise can also be a beacon of innovation and environmental stewardship.

So, whether you’re a business owner looking to embrace sustainability, a property manager aiming to attract environmentally conscious tenants, or an individual seeking to reduce their carbon footprint, Hawai’i Energy’s EV charging incentives offer a golden opportunity to be part of the transformation toward a cleaner and greener tomorrow. Seize the moment, and let’s drive change together.


Ivelina Kadiri

Policy Compliance Manager

About the author

Ivelina is a trend-seeking policy compliance manager who skillfully navigates complex regulatory landscapes and bridges the gap between sustainable transportation goals and actionable implementation.