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September 20, 2023

Soon You May Have To Say Goodbye To Free Public EV Charging

The Department of Energy (DOE) says accredited Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (EVCS) can now start charging fees.

In a statement made to the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP), DOE director Patrick Aquino notes the recent surge surrounding EVs. These are brought on not just because of growing concerns about air pollution, but also due to the rising oil prices as well.

That said, one of the more practical perks of EV owners, free public charging, may soon come to an end.

Aquino says this is “positive news” to registered EVCS as they can now start charging fees for as long as they comply with an unbundled charging fee.

The Fees, according to the DOE, may come in various forms including:
  • Fixed fees (monthly or annual fee for use of EVCS)
  • Variable / consumption fees (per kWh fee of electricity used for charging)
  • Time-based fees (cost per minute, cost per hour)
  • Service-based fees (cost per use of EVCS)
  • Cashless payment
  • A mix of these and other methods
The transitionary is period is set to expire on December 6 this year. However, for an EVCS to be able to charge fees, the DOE must review the notices for charging fees for the completeness of unbundled processes.

All EVCS providers/operators are required to comply with the non-imposition and/or collection of fees without the approved unbundled charging fee, the DOE reminds.

Director Aquino further emphasized the DOE’s commitment to supporting the EV industry by issuing an advisory next month to remind all stakeholders of the importance of accreditation, registration, and proper notification of unbundling fees.

The application of unbundled charging fee of EVCS shall show the coverage on a per city/municipality basis and in cases where multiple cities or municipalities have common unbundling structures, a report covering region/s will be accepted.


  1. Maybe it will encourage enterprise to put up more charging staions or it will discourage potential EV buyers

  2. Good luck na lang. Sa presyo ng EV dito, di talaga siya magiging widespread.

    1. Cheapest EV in the Philippine market is the Jetour QQ Ice Cream and the Wuling EVs

  3. In the UK, its more expensive to own and maintain an EV than a petrol car. Our electricity in the phils is on the expensive side. It wont be far off.. a 72kw EV wil consume 72000watts or 72kw x 13/kwh= 936/charge x 5x a month= 4360 min electl bill for a month. Thats 2 full tanks of gas. Plus maintenance and cost of battery replacement plus the outrageous cost of EV car. thats a whole lot of money.

  4. They're initially offering incentives like free charging to entice buyers to switch and buy BEV instead of ICE. Sooner or later, everything needs to be paid for. Nothing is free anymore. It's all about money. I saw this coming.

  5. Tax and coding exemption incoming HAHAHA

  6. Who’s going to regulate the prices or free for all to price ?

    1. It'll be driven by market for as long as the pricing is properly advertised before an EV owner plugs in.


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