BY TIM HIGGINS
FREE PRESS BUSINESS WRITER
HONOLULU — Hawaiians like to think of themselves as early adopters — especially when it comes to electricity.
The first car imported to Hawaii in 1899 was an electric vehicle.
The royal Iolani Palace, home to the former king, lays claim to having electricity installed less than seven years after Thomas Edison invented the first practical light bulb.
Now, state officials and business leaders want Hawaii to become the real-world test ground for a burgeoning electric and alternative-fuel car industry.
Hawaii’s goal is to have 50,000 electric cars on the road by 2015 — and perhaps as many as 200,000 by 2030 — and to establish a network of electric charging stations.
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