9th Electric Vehicle Summit Aims to Accelerate EV Use in PH

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The Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP), together with the Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) in partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE) is facilitating the 9th Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit (PEVS) ongoing from September 23 to 24, 2021.

With the theme ‘Accelerating the Switch to Electro-Mobility in the Philippines,’ the two-day event focuses on fast-tracking electric vehicle (EV) adoption in the local transport sector, which aligns with the national government’s goal to attain a low-carbon economy in the middle term.

“We need to step up our efforts to achieve our goals for rapid EV deployment and to do this, government and private sectors need to collectively reaffirm their commitment to do so,” said EVAP President Edmund Araga. Thus, among the highlights of the 9th PEVS is the symbolic signing of a stakeholder Memorandum of Understanding aimed at speeding up the switch to electro-mobility by the year 2025.


Two-day digital conference

The first day of the online conference centers on dialogues about EV technologies and solutions. Opening Day 1 of the event are keynote messages by leaders from the public and private sectors—including House Committee on Energy Chairman Juan Miguel Macapagal-Arroyo, DOE Secretary Alfonso Cusi, and Senate Committee on Energy Chairman Sherwin T. Gatchalian. An official from the UK government, which will host this year’s COP 26, will also participate in the online discussions.

The second day will focus on the EV value chain development and market opportunities. There will be sessions about manufacturing of EVs and batteries, establishment of charging network and infrastructure across the country and feasible business models for EV adoption.


Major developments

The 9th PEVS touched on updates about several developments for the EV adoption advocacy. These include the Senate and the House of Representatives’ respective versions of the Electric Vehicle and Charging Stations Act, the DOE’s recently released charging infrastructure guidelines and policy, and the Land Transportation Office’s administrative order about the classification, registration, and operations of various types of EV.

The government is also working to attain the goals of its EV Industry Roadmap (2016-2024) as set by the Department of Trade and Industry—Board on Investments (DTI-BOI). PEVS will provide more details of these developments and a platform for the various sectors to share their views on the matters.

The 9th PEVS is also being organized with major sponsor Nissan Philippines and other sponsors: Mitsubishi Motors Philippines, Power Equipment and Supply, Inc. (PESIN), Integrated Micro-Electronics, Inc. (MI), and Delta Electronics International (Singapore) Pte Ltd.

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