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Philipine: Big push needed by local electric vehicle industry

MANILA — The electric vehicle industry in the Philippines, being a sunrise industry, needs one big push to bring it to the next level.

This is the assessment of Rommel Juan, president of the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP), the organization of EV stakeholders in the country.
“Despite various initiatives, mostly by the private sector, we still are not exactly there yet. We still need advancements in EV technology, the right infrastructure specifically charging stations, better batteries and faster-charging technology and most importantly, government support in terms of incentives not only for the manufacturers but for end-users as well,” he said.
Initiatives in electric vehicle in the Philippines were first seen in the early 2000s when enthusiasts started converting AUVs and tricycles to full electric EVs.
Different technologies and configurations were experimented upon. A few electric bicycles from China were also brought in. Very little progress was made however and the demand was nil.
It was in the late 2000s when significant developments were seen. With some NGOs and LGUs at the forefront, electric jeepneys, motorcycles and scooters were brought into the country and tested.
The Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturers Association of the Philippines (MVPMAP) was commissioned to locally design, develop, fabricate and assemble the electric jeepney.
Ferdi Raquelsantos, president of MVPMAP, said that today, eJeepneys can be found in Pasig, Quezon City, Cebu, Bicol, Los Banos, Cavite, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, Batangas, Palawan, Ilocos Region, Boracay and other urban areas.
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