Electric car charging put to test in Marshall Islands

Electric car charging put to test in Marshall Islands

Honda is to test EV charging technologies in the Marshall Islands. Honda is doing this with the cooperation of the Marshall Islands government.

The initiative will involve the (1) Fit electric vehicle from Honda and the (2) Honda Power Charger. The latter is a solar-powered AC station, said Popular Science.

The news release stated "Honda and Marshall Islands government will use Fit EV and Honda Power Charger and verify the possibility of widespread use of electric mobility products and installing of infrastructure for EV charging in Marshall Islands."

With support from the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, said Popular Science, Honda and the Marshall Islands government will carry out testing using the charging stations and a small fleet of Fit cars.

Marshall Islands is susceptible to the effect of rising sea levels, and Honda said it was critical to address the issue of global warming through the reduction of the amount of CO2 emissions.

The tests will be useful in that the initial results will determine whether more widespread installation of charging infrastructure throughout the Marshall Islands would be worthwhile.

The Republic of the Marshall Islands is a nation comprised of 1,156 and islets near the equator in the Pacific Ocean. Stephen Edelstein in Popular Science reminded readers that the islands were the site of bloody fighting during World War II, nuclear testing during the Cold War, [The World Factbook says there was US nuclear testing on some of the atolls between 1947 and 1962. The islands of Bikini and Enewetak are former US nuclear test sites; Kwajalein atoll, famous as a World War II battleground] and are now particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

Also, according to Popular Science, "Honda notes that the Marshall Islands must import the majority of its supplies. Increased use of renewable energy is meant to help the country achieve a greater degree of self-sufficiency, and to reduce the energy costs associated with transportation."

Fumihko Ike, chairman, representative director of Honda Motor Co., said in the news release that "We are very honored that the Government of the Marshall Islands has chosen our EV and the battery charging system."

In the bigger picture, The Marshall Islands is cutting diesel use dramatically, said The Christian Science Monitor earlier this month, with a number of small-scale wind power, solar power and energy efficiency moves.

Megan Rowling, Thomson Reuters Foundation, in The Christian Science Monitor discussed the Marshall Islands' renewable energy measures for the future.

"They include small-scale wind-power, expanding coconut oil production for use in electricity and transport fuel, introducing electric vehicles and solar-charged lagoon transport, and improving energy efficiency with prepaid meters and heat recovery."


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Oct 21, 2015
Seems like such an obvious move now that they are doing it - putting EVs and charging stations on islands. Travel ranges on islands are limited anyhow. With an abundance of sun/wind/wave energy generating capacity coupled with their current dependence on energy imports I can't see how this can not win in the long run.

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