April 18, 2012
Electric vehicle drivers will have new places to “charge up” for free in Kailua, as Volta Industries (Volta) and RevoluSun power up the first two electric vehicle charging stations outside of Whole Foods Market, located at 629 Kailua Road.
The second station is to go live in two weeks at Kailua Long’s Drugs located at 609 Kailua Road.
These stations are part of the Volta Hawaii network, a community-sponsored, free-to-use electric vehicle (EV) charging network.
Volta design, installs and maintains the EV charging station and provides the energy to the EV driver, all free of charge.
The stations are designed by Volta and assembled in Hawaii.
They are able to provide approximately 15 to 20 miles worth of range per hour of charging.
Both Kailua stations will offer free charging for up to two hours, during the respective store hours – Whole Foods Market from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Long’s Drugs from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
The Kailua stations are the fifth and sixth in the Volta network.
Volta expects to have several dozen EV charging stations in up to 30 locations on Oahu by year’s end.