• Electric Vehicle Alliance plugs in for summit


    Electric vehicles, like this fleet, can provide an alternative solution to mass transport.

    The Electric Vehicle Alliance (EVA), the group that organized the first two editions of the Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit, announced it is now preparing for the third edition that will be held on November 28 and 29 at the Meralco compound in Pasig City.

    EVA is composed of the Electric Vehicle Association of the

    Philippines, Meralco, Clean Air Initiative Asia and the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities. EVAP President Rommel Juan said that the theme for the third EV Summit is “Mainstreaming the Electric Vehicle Ecosystem.”

    “We will be bringing together the top EV players in the country—such as assemblers, importers, suppliers, distributors and enthusiasts—with those from other countries in the region. Hopefully, we can learn from their best practices, and they can learn from us how to build the necessary ecosystem for electric vehicles to thrive and be sustainable, Juan said. He cited the numerous recent developments in the EV industry in the domestic and international fronts as reason for the third summit.

    “We want everyone to be successful in their respective implementations,” Juan said.

    Juan noted that Project Better Place in Palo Alto, California, has declared

    bankruptcy while Tesla of San Carlos is continuing to grow.

    “As a matter of fact, Meralco chairman Manny Pangilinan recently bought a Tesla electric car to highlight the launching of the new Meralco charging station at the Meralco Complex in Pasig City. There is no denying the EV industry is here to stay, even if it is still in its infancy in the Philippines. Some analysts even predict that by 2020, about 15 percent of vehicles sold worldwide will be electric vehicles,” Juan said.

    EVA said the Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit 2013 will feature the most active local EV manufacturers, importers, suppliers, operators and dealers.

    “We also wish to discuss the most pertinent EV issues of today, and that is why we have also invited representatives from the government sector and the academe,” Juan said.

    EVA said the Philippine Utility Vehicle Inc., the country’s pioneer in local EV manufacturing and assembly, will also display its newest models of

    e-trikes and e-jeepneys. The company, which had recently secured pioneering

    status registration from the Board of Investments, allowing it to have a package of fiscal and non-fiscal incentives such as income tax holiday and duty-free importation, announced that it will soon get into the mainstream local mass production and assembly of EVs in the country through a new plant in Cavite.


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