Makers of electric vehicles to hold summit

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THE Electric Vehicle Alliance (EVA) announced it will hold the third staging of the Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit at the Meralco Compund in Pasig City on November 28 to 29.

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EVA is composed of the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP), Meralco, Clean Air Initiative Asia and the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities.

EVAP President Rommel Juan said that the third EV Summit will revolve around the theme “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 of other countries in the region. Hopefully, we can learn from their best practices and they from us. There have been so many developments in the EV industry in both the domestic and international fronts lately, that there is a need to showcase to the general public that the ecosystem needed to run electric vehicles is already being built,” Juan said.

The EVAP chief noted that investments have continued to pour into the country in the EV industry, with Taiwan, Japan, Korean and Chinese companies on the lookout for local partners and opportunities. Three top carmakers are also looking at bringing in their electric cars to the country, with one of them introducing a new model during the summit.

“There is no denying the EV industry is here to stay, even if it is just in its infancy, in the Philippines. Some analysts even predict that by 2020, about 15 percent of vehicles sold worldwide will be electric vehicles, and I think we can dream the same for the Philippines,” Juan said.

The EV Summit 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 so we have also invited representatives from the government and the academe,” Rommel added.

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.

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