Electric drive

LIHUE — Paul Deyden of Poipu installed photovoltaic panels to the charger of his electric vehicle.

“What this means is the car is charged by the sun,” Deyden’s wife, Myra, said. “This means we don’t pay that much to operate our electric vehicle.”

The Deydens have owned and operated their electric vehicle for about 18 months, and have nothing but praise for it.

“We live in the center of the island,” Paul said. “This means we can go either way and have enough charge to go and come back home on a charge. It’s a little harder on the Westside because of the limited number of charging stations, but on the Eastside, we can go to Princeville, charge for two hours at 50 cents an hour while having lunch, and have enough power to come home.”

Drivers who have questions about owning and operating electric vehicles are invited to the free National Drive Electric Week event at the Kukui Grove Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 19.

Jon Kaaihue of Aloha Kia Kauai said they will have the electric Soul, which was recently displayed at the Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair. The electric Soul will be joined by other electric car offerings and will offer ride-and-drive opportunities where drivers can learn about the clean-air benefits and potential cost-savings of EVs.

“This is very exciting for us,” Myra, who is coordinating the Kauai Drive Electric Week, said. “Even if you have never thought about owning an EV, this is a great opportunity to learn more about them. We think EVs are a great fit for Kauai.”

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