In my last post I opined that Hawaii is a particularly bad place to use electric cars. Yesterday I got yet another reminder that politics does not require either a rational reality or economic justification, just Federal dollars. I have yet to meet a politician who would not advocate silly things….in the pursuit of US Treasury funds. Federal money is often looked upon as free money.
I visited the downtown Honolulu Schwab Office. The adjacent parking lot (that charged $3.50 for a half hour) was fairly full so I had to drive around and look for a spot. The first section of the lot had no available spaces….except for 2 spaces reserved for electric cars. It was an electric car charging station.
It turns out Hawaii requires electric charging stations in large parking garages as a part of their goal to become less reliant on oil. A place that creates electricity using oil is in the forefront of the electric car business….and the Federal Government is paying for it. GO FIGURE. This downtown office building could not have possibly used Solar or Wind power generation so anyone that used the charging station was using oil to create electricity to be used in an auto instead of using oil directly as gasoline. Guess what, your tax dollars have funded much of the program.
Hawaii politicians are so proud of this program, they have created a dandy booklet that explains it all called Hawaii EV Ready. And the Feds paid for the booklet too.