• Carmakers ride on EV bandwagon


    Mainstream auto manufacturers are now betting big on electric vehicles (EV), as climate change mitigation is becoming a priority agenda among developed nations.

    This was after last year’s Paris Climate Conference (COP21), where several major countries agreed on a reduction in global temperature by two degrees.

    Among the big names in the auto industry joining the EV bandwagon are: the Tesla Model S, BMW X5 eDrive, BMW Series 3 Plug In, VW Passat GTE Plug in, Audi A3 E-tron, Audi Q7 Plug In, Chevy Volt 2.0, Volvo XC90 T8, Volvo S60 Plug In, Mercedes Benz GLE, E and C class Plug in, Mitsubishi Outlander Plug In, BYD Tang, and Rimac Concept One.

    American EV manufacturer Tesla, headed by maverick entrepreneur Elon Musk, is blazing the trail, being the only new car manufacturer to be established in the United States in the last 50 years.

    Other major automotive companies, such as General Motors with its Chevy Volt, have dilly dallied in the past. Now, they are finally launching their electric cars to the public for sale and not just for lease.

    Supporters of the EV bandwagon said it is now common knowledge that EVs are more economical to operate, since electricity worldwide is cheaper than petroleum products, and that EVs are virtually almost maintenance free.

    In the Philippines, the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) is pinning its hopes on the modernization of the country’s antiquated public transport system, while pushing its EV agenda.

    According to EVAP President Rommel Juan, with 350,000 old public utility jeepneys and 1.2 million tricycles that need replacement, it makes sense to start with these two vehicles in developing the domestic EV industry.

    “We are introducing new models of ETrikes and Ejeepneys, and we have found that no LGU (local government unit) would not want an EV transport system in place in its area,” Juan said. “This year, EVAP plans to reach out to LGUs to offer them its EV mass transport solutions for implementation in various areas of the country.”


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