The Maui News - Beginning this fall, Maui residents may be able to participate in a more than $30 million demonstration project involving electric vehicles and Kihei homes that will aid in the development of a more efficient power grid to handle renewable energy and to support EVs.
The project, JUMPSmartMaui, is seeking 200 owners or lessees of Nissan LEAF electric vehicles and 40 homeowners living in specific locations in Kihei to assist officials from Japan and Hawai'i with the program, officials said during a news conference on Friday, June 14.
The program is a collaborative demonstration project between Japan, the state and Maui County to improve the integration of renewable energy into the island's electrical grid and to prepare the island for electric vehicles.
The work also involves smart grid technology that can improve utility operations and help customers make smarter energy choices. Information from the project may be used for upgraded technology that can help lower electricity costs, officials at the gathering said.
JUMPSmart is not part of the Maui Smart Grid project in Maui Meadows, although there is planned collaboration between the projects.