Green air, sea and land transportation goals set by state with new bill

Ampaire’s Electric EEL flies over Maui. PC: Ampaire Inc.

State legislators and transportation industry leaders gathered recently to announce the approval of a bill that will make Hawaii the first state to commit to a future of clean and free transportation. issuance for air, sea and land transportation, according to a press release from the state Senate.

Senate Bill 3311 HD2 establishes the Hawaiʻi Clean Transportation Initiative, which establishes a legal goal to achieve zero-emission clean transportation statewide.

Green aviation will provide cheaper inter-island transit options, leaders said.

“Eliminating our reliance on expensive fossil fuels by switching to clean transportation options means we can significantly reduce the cost of travel for local residents and lower the cost of inter-island airfare,” said Senator Chris Lee. , chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee and introducer of SB 3311, said in the statement.

The measure empowers the state Department of Transportation and the State Bureau of Energy to accelerate investment, innovation, and partnership with clean transportation industry leaders to achieve inter- zero-emission islands and to develop electric vehicle chargers and other infrastructure to facilitate the transition to zero-emission vehicles. .

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Transportation companies developing all-electric planes, gliders and other airborne vehicles are working to bring zero-emission electric aviation to Hawai’i and inter-island transportation options and test flights have already been made, according to the press release.

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Kevin Noertker, CEO and co-founder of Ampaire, said in the press release that Hawaii is at the forefront of decarbonization efforts thanks in large part to the strong support of the state government, including measurements as SB 3311.

“This is one of the reasons Ampaire, with support from Elemental Excelerator, chose to demonstrate its low-emissions technology along Maui’s overhead lines,” Noertker said. “We hope Hawai’i will be among the first to benefit from green aviation.”

Val Miftakhov, CEO of ZeroAvia, also welcomed the bill.

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“Passing this bill strongly positions Hawai’i to advance sustainable transportation through public and private sector collaboration,” Miftakhov said in the statement. “With this measure, residents of Hawai’i will see their state become a leader in zero-emission aviation.”

Hawaiʻi led the nation as the first state to require utilities to generate 100% renewable electricity by 2045 (Law 97, 2015) and the first state to enact legislation to achieve a clean economy negative carbon footprint, sequestering more carbon emissions than it produces, by 2045 (Act 15, 2018), the statement said.

SB 3311 and partnerships with industry innovators to develop clean transportation will help Hawai’i achieve these goals.

The bill now awaits action from Governor David Ige, who must either sign it, veto it, or let the bill become law without his signature by July 12.

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