To increase the adoption of sustainable transportation and reduce fossil energy dependence in Hawaii.
The Big Island EV Association (BIEVA) is a group of electric vehicle enthusiasts (owners, would-be owners, and supporters) who actively promote the adoption of EVs on the island of Hawaii. We educate the general public about the advantages of EVs – the environmental and cost of ownership benefits, and the superior driving experience – and address questions regarding purchase experiences, charging infrastructure, and ownership.
We also work on expanding our charging infrastructure. We collaborate with local government and business leaders and charging station companies to encourage investment in charging stations across our island.
Noel Morin — President
Noel Morin is a Sr. Manager at eBay, chair of the East Hawaii Advisory Council for the Red Cross, and a business owner. His first EV was a 2011 Nissan LEAF. He now drives a Tesla Model S and Roadster. He is an advocate of eco-friendly practices and ‘fuels’ his home and vehicles with solar power. Noel resides in Hilo.
Richard Castro — Vice President
Rick has been in the renewable energy field for the last 4 years and is the owner of a Nissan LEAF and Chevy Volt. He has worked closely with 3 EV charger companies to locate and maintain their charging stations. Rick works daily to help people in Hawaii reduce their energy use and eliminate their electric bill. Rick is based in Waikoloa.
Cody Osborne — Secretary
Cody is an enthusiastic EV advocate and experienced Chevy Volt owner on the east side of the Big Island. He owns a Marketing Consultancy business in Hilo town. Interestingly enough, he’s lived in just about every “EV hot spot” in the nation – first Colorado, then Georgia, briefly in California, then Oregon and now, Hawaii. His thirst for knowledge in the EV sector ranges from the mighty Tesla to the minuscule iMEV, and even the Ford Energi twins. He writes occasionally for the largest EV news site on the web (www.insideevs.com) and will be blogging here every chance he gets. His thirst for coffee might even surpass his thirst for cars and electric mobility, but he welcomes anyone to talk story over a brew or two. Contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily Ebert — Treasurer
Emily Ebert has been in the solar electric field since 2010 and has owned a Nissan LEAF since 2013. She has an accounting degree and works in sales and operations at an alternative energy company. Originally from Ohio, Emily has enjoyed living on the Big Island since 2004 and is an advocate for sustainability. “It’s a great feeling to power your home and car with energy from the sun!” (Ask Emily how.)
ADVISORS and CONTRIBUTORS
Lorn Douglas — Puna Advisor
Lorn and his wife are an example of sustainable living and “walking the talk”. They are on their 3rd EV with a brand new Kia Soul EV to complement their early Tesla Model S. (He owned a Nissan LEAF at one time.) An engineer by education, Lorn has determined that 9 solar panels run his Model S’ 1,000 miles per month. He is happy to communicate about solar options and electric vehicles, including ownership experiences and tips in Puna. He can be reached directly at email@example.com.
Eric Hayden — Kona Advisor
Eric lives in Kona and owns a Nissan LEAF. He is one of the few Nissan LEAF owners who has traveled across the island in one! Ask him about his adventures! Eric is passionate about sustainability – he is in the habit of frequenting and testing public charging stations in order to confirm their operation and follows efforts being made to get more EV charging stations being installed in West Hawaii.
Eric owns Hawaiian Boating Adventures, a business that offers a variety of ocean experiences – snorkeling, diving, fishing, and swimming with wheels, dolphins and manta rays. Eric has over 30 years of boating experience here in Hawaii and is a licensed U.S. Coast Guard captain.
Jared Terpak – Kohala Advisor
Jared is a life-long Kohala resident and a Chevy Bolt owner. This is his first EV and he loves it. He is constantly testing its range and capabilities – ask him about his adventures, including his epic trip to Mauna Loa! Jared is a strong promoter of the Chevy Bolt and has been active in educating the public about the vehicle’s qualities. Jared teaches high school at Hawaii Preparatory Academy in Waimea, is a strong advocate for sustainability, an outdoor adventurer, and surfer.
Thomas Kraft — Kau Advisor
Tom is retired and residing in Ocean View. He has two electric vehicles and harvests solar energy for his home and cars. He offers insights into ownership in a part of the island that is not very well supported by charging infrastructure (something we are working to address).
“I had two careers, first the Air Force and second teaching. The genesis of my interest in EVs started in 1999 when I was teaching at Hana School on Maui. As a shop teacher, my students and I designed, built, tested and competed with a single person electric vehicle. Fast forward to today – for local trips I drive a converted 1981 Mercury Lynx and for longer hauls a Tesla Model S.” – Tom
Russell Ruderman — Advisor, Government Affairs
State Senator Russell Ruderman owns a Nissan LEAF, is an advocate for electric vehicles and sustainability, and a business owner. He is familiar with the need for charging infrastructure and its importance in the adoption of sustainable transportation in Hawaii. Russell serves on a number of committees, including Water, Land, and Agriculture; Health and Consumer Protection; Technology and Environment; and Human Services Committees. He represents Puna and Kau on Hawaii Island.
Mike Kane — Advisor
Mike moved to Hilo in 2017. He is one of PlugInAmerica’s founder and is an early solar and electric vehicle adopter. He has owned a variety of EVs before moving to the Big Island: Think Neighbor, 2001 S10 Pickup 2001, 2003 RAV 4, and Fiat 500 Electric. Mike was involved in the movie “Who Killed the Electric Car”! Mike is providing our association with strategic guidance.
Gary Miller — Photographer
Gary and his wife moved to the Big Island a few years ago. They live a few miles north of Hilo, on the Hamakua coast. Gary has owned a hybrid since 2003 and a Chevy Volt since 2012. (Ask Gary about his Volt’s actual gas consumption!) Gary is a professional photographer – he sells his stock photos online. He is our official photographer.
Jon Hayes — Web developer
Jon purchased Doug Teeple’s Nissan LEAF and thinks it is awesome. Like Emily above ^^, his PV system is sized correctly so that his house and car are now 100% solar-powered. Jon is the Senior Lead Web Developer (full stack) at MVNP in Honolulu.
Douglas Teeple — Founder and Honorary Advisor
Doug is the founder and former president of the Big Island EV Association. He is an early adopter of the technology – he has a Karman Ghia conversion and had one of the first Nissan LEAFs in Hawaii. Doug relocated to Canada for a few years but has returned! We hope to have him in an active capacity in the future.
The BIEVA is affiliated with the Electric Auto Association. We also collaborate with national and local entities that are dedicated to the electification of transportation and the transition to renewable energy.