Hyundai and Enova to Continue EV Demos

July 15, 2003 by Jeff Shepard

The State of Hawaii and Hyundai Motor Co. (Seoul, Korea) announced a two-year extension of the Hawaii Electric Vehicle Demonstration program, which initially began in 2001. Officials said the program partners, which also include the US Air Force, the City and County of Honolulu, the Hawaiian Electric Company, and Enova Systems (Torrance, CA), will focus on the testing and development of fast-charging capability.

During the first phase of the program, officials said 15 electric Hyundai sport utility vehicles (SUVs) powered by Enova Systems' 90kW Panther Drive System were used in a variety of local fleets, logging more than 150,000 miles over 24 months. Officials noted that the fast-charging activities during the second phase of the program will involve three or the original 15 Hyundai Santa Fe SUVs.