The Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines has gone through a lot during its six year of existence but it is nevertheless proud of its achievements.
EVAP president Rommel Juan explained that through the years, EVAP through its annual EV Summit, has attracted foreign investors into the Philippines from the United States, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and China. “In the recently-concluded EV Summit, new members from Canada, Australia and Kuwait displayed versions of their electric vehicles,” Juan said.
“In some cases, these foreign investors have tied up with local EV players through either technical licensing agreements or joint ventures. It has been a slow burn but through the efforts of our association, its members and the government, this has enabled us to successfully roll out various EV projects around the country,” he added.
Electric jeepneys have been fielded in various areas like Makati, Filinvest City in Alabang, Bonifacio Global City, Las Pinas, Iloilo, Bacolod, Muntinlupa and even in university campuses like La Salle and Ateneo.
Electric tricycles have been prospering in Boracay, Manila, Naga, Coron and Mandaluyong where the single largest deployment of 100 units in a single community was done.
“Indeed slowly but surely, the EV advocacy is growing in the Philippines,” Juan said. “And people are doing it not just for the environment but also for economic viability. EV operators and drivers in the public transport sector have reported a growth in income when they went electric. Commuters prefer the quiet, smoke free, comfortable ride that they enjoy with EVs. As a result, drivers post higher rider numbers and more income.”
Juan concluded that through the years, EVAP has promoted the use of EVs around the country through its members. “We are happy that many local government units have adopted the EV transport systems. We hope that with the proof of concept already evident, even more LGUs [local government units]will follow suit as we now offer not just EVs but a complete mass transport solution package. We thus encourage our members to work together to service our domestic market, which is quite huge. Then we can start exporting to neighboring countries and be the EV hub of Asia,” he added.