EVAP touts use of e-vehicles ahead of looming power crisis

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DESPITE the looming power shortage next year, the Electric Vehicles Association of the Philippines (EVAP) remains firm in promoting the use of electric vehicles in the country.

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EVAP President Rommel Juan said electric vehicles should not be viewed as a contributor to the country’s power problems.

“Electric vehicles must not be pinpointed as a main contributor to the power problems as this industry is only in its infancy stage and does not yet consume a considerable amount of power as an industry,” said Juan.

The Department of Energy (DOE) has anticipated power outages in summer of next year due to the increasing power demand as a result of the country’s continuous economic growth that is expected to be driven partly by manufacturing.

Juan said the group is in the process of looking for alternative sources of energy for electric vehicles.

“On the contrary, EVAP is now actively setting up the standards for the industry and is making sure that alternative sources of energy are explored for its charging needs,” he said.

With this, Juan said EVAP endorses the setting up and use of alternative energy sources such as solar, wind and biogas.

“The EV industry should not be fully dependent on the traditional sources of power we use today such as those that still come from coal and fossil fuel power plants,” he added.

Juan pointed out that an increase in power requirement is a sign of growth.

“If we are projecting an increase in power demand, it is because of growth in the population, the economy and other factors,” he said.

Despite the increase in power demand, Juan stressed that the Philippines is still behind “our Asean neighbors in terms of the amount of power that we use.”

“The lack of power supply in some areas of the Philippines does not necessitate for the EV growth to also contribute to the problems,” he said.

He explained that the long-term objective is that once an effective electric vehicle infrastructure is set up, charging stations may even be giving electricity back to the grid while the electric vehicles are not being charged and not in use.

“Thus, EVs can actually be a partial solution. Since majority of the demand is during the high-peak hours, EV power sources can essentially be tapped to be able to sell power back to the grid to compensate for the high peak hours,” he said.

If net metering is applied, people can set the number of kilowatts they want to sell back to the grid in the morning for those who use EVs as their personal vehicle or for recreational vehicles and then charge them at night.

“If there are enough EV users, we can have a huge battery bank so to speak to be charged at night during the off-peak hours. The result will be better utilization of the power plants and we can expect that this will reduce the overhead cost and hopefully, power rates in our country,” he said.

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