Rise of EVs

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    Sonja Kass shows off the engine of a Nissan Leaf last year at the Kauai Community Market at Kauai Community College in Puhi.

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    A Chevrolet Volt hybrid car charges at a ChargePoint charging station at a parking garage in Los Angeles.

LIHUE — Two sleek cars — one red and the other blue — sit in adjoining parking spaces at Kukui Grove Center in Lihue. They are testimony to the speed with which Kauai is embracing electric vehicles.