THE Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) targets to roll out at least 6,000 electric vehicles over the next three years.
Of that number 5,000 will be electric tricycles (e-trikes) and 1,000 will be electric jeepeneys (e-jeepneys), according to EVAP president Rommel Juan.
To support this initiative, Juan said financing of the EV ecosystems and access to “green” credit lines were discussed with the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) and Land Bank of the Philippines.
“We are confident that with the government’s support, we can push for our electric vehicle advocacy even more and go full blast in our campaign to modernize mass public transport with eco-friendly e-jeepneys and e-trikes,” he said.
Juan said such move, which is part of the EV Roadmap Action Plan, has already been presented by their group to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
He said this was very timely, considering the issuance on December 19 by the Board of Investments (BOI) of the implementing rules and regulations of EO 182 or the Comprehensive Automotive Resurgence Strategy (CARS) Program.
“We need to know how we can fully avail of the incentives provided for by EO 182,” Juan said.
The DTI and EVAP recently held a yearend meeting in order to map out the progress and formulate development plans for the domestic electric vehicle industry for the coming year 2016 and thereafter.
During the meeting, Juan said an Electric Vehicle Working Group (EVWG) was formed as a sub-cluster of the Automotive Industry Technical Working Group by the DTI’s automotive champion, Director Corieh Dichosa.
This was done together with Juan, EVAP secretary Edmond Araga and representatives from various government agencies such as the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and financial institutions such as DBP and LandBank.
“We really need to be ready to take the EV industry to the next level, thus, from among us, we assigned roles for each member of the EVWG to do to ensure implementation of the action plans formulated,” Juan said.
The working group also tackled other important issues such as non-fiscal incentives and electric vehicle registration guidelines by the Land Transportation Office (LTO), as well as its Motor Vehicle Inspection System as applied to EVs, local and national franchises for EVs and the development of standards for electric vehicles, EV parts and components and testing.
“We also took up government support for the advancement of EV technology and R&D and the human resources needed to support the EV industry,” said Juan.