The Site of Hawaii's First Tesla Supercharger? Probably Larry Ellison's 3,400-Person Island

The Site of Hawaii's First Tesla Supercharger? Probably Larry Ellison's 3,400-Person Island

Electrek reports that 2021 will bring one of Tesla’s fast-charging Supercharger to a state that’s never had one before:

Lanai Island, a former pineapple plantation that was almost entirely (98%) purchased by Oracle founder and Tesla board member Larry Ellison for $300 million in 2012, is the first in Hawaii to see a Supercharger permit filed by Tesla…

The 145-square-mile island doesn’t have any traffic lights, only 30ish miles of paved roads and the 3,400 person population lives almost exclusively in the small Lana’i City. This would seem to indicate that the chargers would be of the Urban Supercharger variety and in likely service of Larry Ellison’s Four Seasons Hotels, which rely on Model X vehicles to shuttle guests to and from the airport and around the island’s luxury amenities.

Ellison plans to convert the island’s power from diesel to solar/battery, and obviously Tesla’s expertise here is likely to be tapped… Hawaii in general has been massively moving from its diesel generating past to solar power and plans to be 100% renewable before 2040.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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