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Posted: Monday, June 9th, 2014 12:17 PM HST

Hawaii's Big Island advancing electric vehicles

By Associated Press

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) Fans of electric vehicles are celebrating two developments on the Big Island.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports that a new fast-charging station is slated to open in South Kohala in July.

And the Kona Nissan dealership has begun selling the electric car called the Nissan Leaf.

Most of the island's charging stations are located around Kailua-Kona. But those traditional charging stations only allow a car to travel about 15 miles. That makes it difficult for electric car drivers to get around the island.

The quicker charging station that will open allows a car to go 60 miles after being plugged in for an hour. It has been installed at the Shops at Mauna Lani.

Owners of electric cars say the developments are overdue.

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