One of latest “must-have” home appliances in Cayman is a “green” charging station for electric cars.
These eco-friendly vehicles have been legal on Cayman’s roads since late 2012, following several years of campaigning.
Sara Chung of Newlands Savannah in Grand Cayman is understood to be the first motorist in the Caribbean to have a charging station installed at her home, after swapping her conventional Hyundai Matrix for a Chevy Volt plug-in electric hybrid car in June.
Sara, who works in George Town, charges her car when she gets home from work at night.
The Level II charging station, which is located on the wall outside Sara’s home is 220-volts and it takes just four hours for the car’s battery to be fully replenished, allowing it to drive for up to 50 miles.
The Chevy Volt drives initially on electricity, gas-free and tail pipe emission-free.
Alternately, when needed, the car uses a quiet, onboard gas generator to provide electric power for a total range of up to 375 miles, meaning that Sara won’t come to a standstill on her way home, if the battery power runs out.
“I liked the idea of going green, and the gas prices were just killing me,” says Sara, who spent around $55 per week on gas for her previous car. “Now it takes me a whole month before my gas tank runs out so I spend about $35 on fuel (per month).”
Sara also has plans to switch to other environmentally-friendly measures around the house, including solar panels.
There are plans to install charging stations in various public locations across Grand Cayman, with three already operational at Camana Bay, Governors Square, and Cayman Motor Museum in West Bay.
Cayman Automotive Leasing and Sales has also signed an agreement with the Laguna condo complex on Seven Mile Beach to install Level II charging stations free of charge for apartment owners who purchase an electric vehicle.
John Felder, president and chief executive officer of Cayman Automotive, was behind the campaign to have Cayman’s law changed to allow electric cars to drive on the islands’ roads.