The Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) is optimistic it will achieve its target to deploy at least one million electric vehicles (EVs) in the Philippines within five years, the group said Thursday.
EVAP President Rommel Juan said the group has “achieved so far” its ambitious goal to have one million EVs on the road by 2020.
“We are far from one million EVs but we are getting there at a faster rate and with greater intensity,” said Juan during the opening of the 4th Philippines EV Summit in Pasig yesterday.
Juan said they have increased their projected sales of EVs for this year in order to attain the target.
EVAP projects 23,500 EVs will be sold in 2015, including 20,000 electric bicycles and electric motorcycles, 3,000 e-tricycles, and 500 e-jeepneys.
By end of 2015, EVAP estimates a total of about 40,000 Evs will be on Philippine roads.
“Modest numbers I may say and I think you will agree with me. But the level of growth we are currently experiencing for the industry is unprecedented,” he said.
As projected by EVAP members, Juan said the E-trike sub-sector alone is expected to grow by as much as 500 percent this year.
EVAP estimated that a total of 15,750 EVs were sold last year, of which about 15,000 were e-bikes or e-motorcycles.
To achieve EVAP’s goal by 2020, Juan said all they have to do is to sustain the gains they have achieved and maintain the momentum.
“There are numerous reasons to be optimistic about our situation,” he added. Juan highlighted a number of positive developments in the EV industry last year, such as the collaboration between EVAP members Talino EV and Phil Etro to service and supply e-trikes to cities such as Makati and Quezon City.
“EVs are also embraced in tourist destinations such as Boracay, Davao and Surigao with our member eTrike manufacturer Tojo Motors leading the pack,” he said.
In Mandaluyong, Juan said mainstream eTrike operations are also now going full blast with efforts of eTrike financier cum operator EV Wealth.
In Molino (Bacoor), Cavite an eTrike transport system complete with public charging stations was launched last year, all supplied by local concern Kea Industrial Co.
Even educational institutions have implemented their own in-campus EV programs, with the La Salle Dasmariñas Ikot and Ateneo eJeeps using customized eJeepneys supplied by PhUV Inc., the pioneer in the local assembly of eJeepneys.
In addition, cities and business districts, Juan added, are now adopting EVs into their public transport landscape.
He also cited Makati City, which introduced its very successful Makati Green Route eight years ago and was the first to receive the orange Land Transportation Office (LTO) license plates reserved for EVs.
“We would love to believe that the nation has now accepted electric vehicles as a viable alternative mode of transport,” said Juan.
With these initiatives, Juan said they hope to make the Philippines the EV hub of Southeast Asia.