Hawaii Electric Light named a Top 50 Green Fleet

Release Date: 12/2/2016

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Hawaii Electric Light Top 50 Green Fleet

HILO, Dec. 2, 2016 - Hawaii Electric Light Company is one of Heavy Duty Trucking magazine's Top 50 Green Fleets for 2016. The award recognizes companies for leading their industry in the adoption of green, sustainable practices, policies and technologies. The company also received this national recognition in 2013 and 2014.

"We're proud to be recognized for our efforts to support clean, green transportation," said Jay Ignacio, Hawaii Electric Light president. "Electric vehicles and alternative fuels like biodiesel help reduce our island's dependency on fossil fuels and protect our environment."

Hawaii Electric Light's fleet of more than 200 vehicles includes 13 heavy-duty PHEV hybrid bucket trucks and a total of 31 hybrid or all-electric sedans, SUVs, light trucks, and other equipment. Since 2006, all diesel vehicles are fueled with a B20 biodiesel blend, with several on B100 pure biodiesel.

"We can be 100 percent renewable for ground transportation if we pursue both EVs and biodiesel," said Kelvin Kohatsu, Hawaii Electric Light fleet administrator.

Hawaii Electric Light is committed to achieving the state of Hawaii's goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2045. This year, the company opened publicly-accessible fast chargers in Hilo and Kona and established a time-of-use rate plan that may help residential customers save money on their electric bill by using power when renewable solar power is most abundant.

The Top 50 Green Fleets are chosen by Heavy Duty Trucking magazine's editors. The list consists of companies of all types and sizes: government fleets, private fleets, for-hire fleets, truckload, less-than-truckload, vocational, and delivery fleets. Some fleets have fewer than 50 trucks, while others have more than 5,000, but all have made a commitment to green, sustainable operations.