EVAP said they are preparing for the first Asean Electric and Hybrid Vehicles Summit
It is clear that many jeeneys and tricycles on the streets today are way past their prime. Many say that a lot of these vehicles have become less road-worthy, and that most of them pose quite a threat to the environment as well as the safety of road users.
The Electronic Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) announced that they are preparing for the first Asean Electric and Hybrid Vehicles Summit. The EV Summit is being co-organized by the Board of Investments (Bol) and Manila Electric Co. (Meralco).
The event is scheduled on June 29 to 30, 2017 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. It will be part of the Asean National Organizing Committees series of events for 2017.
According to EVAP President Rommel Juan, among ASEAN countries, the Philippines seemingly has the most potential in using electric vehicles instead of jeepneys and tricycles.
“The business opportunities lie in the need to modernize the aging and ailing mass transport system and electric jeepneys and tricycles are the more viable options,” EVAP President Juan said.
The Philippines seemingly has the most potential in using electric vehicles instead of jeepneys and tricycles
The use of electric and hybrid vehicles in the region is expected to gain notable traction with the help of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). EVAP member companies will exhibit their latest electric vehicles and EV technologies as well as hybrid vehicles from the local automotive manufacturers and assemblers.
“We can see that once electric vehicles move to the mainstream level in the Philippine mass transport system, we will be looking at supplying the replacement vehicles in the large domestic market of 350,000 diesel-fueled jeepneys and 1.2 million gas-fed tricycles,” Juan added.
“And with a large production volume, we can then have the economies of scale to become the manufacturing hub for electric vehicles and parts in the Asean region. This we hope will then open up the Asean region as the staging point for subsequently exporting to the other parts of the globe,” he further explained.
EVAP Vice President Edmund Araga also revealed that EVAP is now closely coordinating with its ASEAN counterpart to invite the key players in the region to come and be part of the summit.
“We are now traveling around the Asean region to invite our Asean counterparts to the summit, for them to exhibit their latest products and technologies and to share their best practices with us. It is the perfect opportunity for us in the Asean to unite and promote EV applications so that together, we can make a better and cleaner world for the next generation,” EVAP Vice President Edmund Araga said.
The use of electric and hybrid vehicles in the region is expected to gain notable traction
BOI Executive Director Corieh Dichosa and the ASEAN National Organizing Committee will synch the summit with other ASEAN activities for the year.
“We hope that the event will help spread the electric and hybrid vehicles initiative in the Asean region and eventually, the world with the Philippines as the focal point,” Araga said.
The ASEAN member countries include: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam.