AT least 10,000 new jobs will be created in both the upstream and downstream support industries once the country’s electric vehicle (EV) industry is successfully developed, the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) predicted.
“In fact, with enough government support and incentives, the Philippines might just be the next EV manufacturing hub in the region,” EVAP President Rommel Juan said.
The group has been pushing for greater adoption of electric vehicles for public transport application.
EVAP notes that its members have rolled out EV transport projects in Boracay, Makati, Quezon City, Muntinlupa, Alabang, Cavite and various university campuses in the National Capital Region like Ateneo, De La Salle and UP.
Juan said they are hoping that more local government units (LGUs) would get into the EV game next year.
This can be done by adopting more eco-friendly electric vehicle alternatives like electric jeepneys and electric tricycles, he explained.
“We are reaching out to more LGUs nationwide and enticing them to get into the EV bandwagon,” he added.
He pointed out that the adoption of more electric vehicles for public transport will significantly reduce the carbon emissions in the country by 355,506 tons with the deployment of 100,000 e-trikes alone.
“That is just a drop in the bucket, considering there is a total of over 1.2 million regular tricycles in operation nationwide today,” he said.
At the same time, the group is also pushing for lowering the cost of the local manufacture electric vehicles by the passage into into law of the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Bill, which is still pending in Congress.
The group targets to roll out at least 6,000 electric vehicles over the next three years.
Of this number, Juan said 5,000 will be electric tricycles and 1,000 will be electric jeepneys.