The future of sustainable transport was in the spotlight at the recent 7th Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit (PEVS). The event was held at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City with the theme: Electric Vehicles: Modernizing the Transportation Landscape, Driving Sustainable Growth.
“We are highly encouraged by the support we are getting from major automotive manufacturers which is a very strong indication that our transportation sector is slowly but steadily transitioning to more modern, energy efficient, greener and sustainable mobility so that we can create cleaner and better cities for our children,” said Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (eVAP) President Edmund A. Araga.
The electric vehicle industry scene in the Philippines has never been more exciting as EVs are now becoming mainstream. With this development, the summit is not just focused on introducing EVs to the Philippines and the Filipinos, but towards actual end-user adoption and how they can be fully utilized for a truly sustainable and electrified Philippine transport.
“Infrastructure and government support to sustain the growth of the EV industry are now being set up.”
To date, the 3,000 Bemac eTrikes of the Department of Energy (DOE) are now being deployed nationwide and are becoming more visible in various LGUs. More eJeepney deployments are being done in Metro Manila as well as in Visayas and Mindanao as part of the government’s PUV Modernization Program. This PUVMP aims to upgrade some 200,000 public utility jeepneys over the next six years with Modern PUV powered by either a Euro 4 diesel engine or an electric motor.
Major automobile manufacturers like Nissan, Mitsubishi and Hyundai were also present to exhibit their electric vehicles and solutions. A few electric cars converted from their regular conventional engine configuration were also on display. Even battery maker, Motolite, had an EV to unveil. Some of these vehicles were even available for test drive sessions to provide visitors a hands-on experience.
Besides displays by exhibitors of the latest in electric vehicle technology, the summit also held scheduled technical sessions attended by public transport officials, local government representatives, members of the academe and EV and automotive industry players to discuss the issues that will help make EVs more mainstream in the Philippine setting.
These talks tackled the current efforts on establishing a national regulatory framework for the use of electric vehicles and the establishment of charging stations, E-Mobility solutions led by Nissan Motor Corporation Ltd. and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation; plenary sessions on developing the Philippine EV industry, addressing the EV infrastructure challenge and learnings from abroad on building a robust EV ecosystem for the country; presentations on successful EV deployments in the country; and the launching of the launching of the EVAP Academe Chapter and E-Mobility Award.
“The eVAP Academe Chapter helps close the knowledge gap that is holding back our countrymen from choosing electric vehicles and to help our local EV industry address the barriers to widespread EV adoption,” Araga said.
The E-Mobility Award is being relaunched to recognize organizations and individuals for their outstanding contribution to the realization of eVAP’s vision and mission through successful EV deployments, advocacy efforts, or through innovations that aim to simplify and increase the electrification process.
EVAP has also partnered with the Philippine Nickel Industries Association to explore the possibility of locally manufacturing nickel metal hydride and lithium ion batteries for automotive application. The Bureau of Philippine Standards is now busy crafting a complete set of standards for EVs that will cover parts, components, testing parameters and procedures and safety features.
Last year, the 6th PEVS gathered over 1,000 participants from industry key players across the value chain as well as policy makers, regulators, academe, transport companies, utilities and end users. Foreign delegates from over a dozen countries have seen their network grow by participating in this event.
By Iñigo S. Roces