Thursday, May 19, 2016
Where Are E-Vehicles Deployed in the Philippines?
The Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines or EVAP has gone through a lot during its six year of existence but it is nevertheless proud of its achievements.
EVAP President Rommel Juan says that through the years, EVAP through its annual EV Summit has attracted foreign investors into the Philippines from the US, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and China. ”In the recently-concluded EV Summit, new members from Canada, Australia and Kuwait displayed versions of their electric vehicles”.
“In some cases, these foreign investors have tied up with local EV players through either technical licensing agreements or joint ventures. It has been a slow burn but through the efforts of our association, its members and the government, this has enabled us to successfully roll out various EV projects around the country”.
E-Jeepneys have been fielded in various areas like Makati, Filinvest City in Alabang, Bonifacio Global City, Las Pinas, Iloilo, Bacolod, Muntinlupa, and even in university campuses like La Salle and Ateneo.
E-Trikes have been prospering in Boracay, Manila, Naga, Coron and Mandaluyong where a single largest deployment of 100 units in a single community was done.
Juan concludes that through the years, EVAP has promoted the use of EVs around the country through its members. “We are happy that many local government units have adopted the EV transport systems. We hope that with the proof of concept already evident, even more LGUs will follow suit as we now offer not just EVs but a complete mass transport solution package. We thus encourage our members to work together to service our domestic market which is quite huge. Then we can start exporting to neighboring countries and be the EV hub of Asia”.