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AeroVironment to install charging stations for electric vehicles in Hawaii

March 19, 2011|By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times

Monrovia-based technology company AeroVironment Inc. has struck a deal with Hawaii to install 320 electric charging docks throughout the state.

The $820,000 deal is the latest in a string of key contracts for the company, which comes as more electric vehicles arrive to the marketplace and more states move to build an infrastructure to support them.

"We're deploying practical solutions for a game-changing electric transportation ecosystem that will dramatically alter the vehicle refueling paradigm for drivers in Hawaii, the United States and the world," Mike Bissonette, senior vice president of AeroVironment's Efficient Energy Systems, said in a statement.

AeroVironment, which also builds small hand-launched drones for the U.S. military, has installed more than 1,000 of its electric stations in 18 states. The firm also recently began rolling out its home charging docks to accommodate Japanese carmaker Nissan and its all-electric Leaf passenger car.

william.hennigan@latimes.com

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