The Hawaiian state is taking away the incentive of free parking privileges for electric vehicle owners. This move comes at a time when Hawaii is on the verge of transitioning to electric vehicles. These EV owners have been enjoying free parking in public parking lots for almost a decade.
Activists argue that this incentive cessation by the government seems to contradict their intended transition to renewable energy by 2045. Additionally, the state demands that the electric vehicle owners pay $50 every year as registration fees.
Blue Planet Foundation’s chief of staff, Melissa Miyashiro, exclaims that the Hawaiian government’s directives contradict their vision as a nation. She advises the government to return the incentives so that people can acquire electric vehicles. Also, the government can install facilities like charging stations to motivate people to buy Evs.
Hawaii intends to miniaturize the ineffective transportation system by scrapping the petrol cars, which are the primary carbon emission systems. This move is among other initiatives of Hawaii to achieve net-zero emissions. The government explains that it decided to remove the free parking incentive after it became a bone of contention in various states. Another reason for taking away the parking privileges is because the Department of Accounting and General Services loses about $20,000 from this incentive.
Honolulu’s chief resilience officer Josh Stanbro justifies the move by the government. He says that the state’s main duty is to ensure that there are facilities like charging stations and parking lots but not offer the services for free. Offering the services for free will be spoiling the sources of government revenue.
Various bills like the free airport parking lot and other bills to encourage the mass production of electric vehicles in Hawaii ended this year. This move is to create a sense of independence for the people to work before they enjoy the EV services.
The House Energy and Environmental Protection Committee chair, Rep. Nicole Lowen, is championing for charging stations to expand the accessibility of electric vehicles. She said that some projects would have to hold till the coronavirus pandemic slumps a little bit.
The President of the Big Island Electric Vehicles Association, Noel Morin, says that the numerous Evs parked at the Hilo International Airport reveal the importance of the free parking incentive. She states that removing this incentive will be a hurdle in convincing people to transition to Evs. This statement comes with the understanding that most of the citizens who park at the airport are those traveling or on vacations.
Finally, there is a new law outlining the development of electrical infrastructure. This law provides that those who develop plug-in charging stations will receive construction credits and discounts. It will reestablish a door for EV manufacturers and stakeholders to enter the automotive industry.