E Noa Corp. has introduced two open-air electric buses to its fleet.
The sea turtle-themed buses will provide daily Honolulu shuttle service between Ala Moana Center and the DFS Galleria in Waikiki. The shuttle service is available to all ANA Mileage Club members.
E Noa has an existing fleet of 40 buses and 80 trolleys, and this is the company's first investment in electric vehicles in an effort to reduce its energy consumption.
"Reducing our company's carbon footprint is a priority for us. As a local company, we understand the critical need for us to not just say we support the state's Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative and the county's goal to have Hawaii's ground transportation achieve 100% renewable fuel sources by 2045, but to actually do something about it," Maki Kuroda, president and CEO of E Noa, said in a statement. "Although the pricing for electric buses is far more than traditional buses that run on fossil fuel, it is needed to ensure a clean energy future for Hawaii."
The two, 35-foot BYD electric buses accommodate up to 47 passengers and travel up to 150 miles per charge. The zero-emission vehicles have a projected combined annual savings of 18,581 gallons of gasoline.
The shuttles will provide daily service between Ala Moana Center and the DFS Galleria every 15 minutes from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.