It’s about that time of the year when the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) usually holds its Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit. This year, the annual event takes place on July 17-18, 2019 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.
As with past years, the affair will showcase the latest that the EV industry in the country and the Asian region has to offer. EVAP notes that there has been a rise in the number of 3,000 Bermac eTrikes being deployed by the Department of Energy al over the country. This move will greaty help reduce air and noise pollution caused by the antiquated two-stroke, gas-powered tricycles plying our roads.
Apart from theis, e-Jeepneys are also slowly coming into their own, what with some 200,000 units powered by either a Euro-4 diesel or purely electric motor set to be made mainstream within the next 6 years. As with the e-Trikes, this move is part of the Modern PUV program that aims to, among others, to clean up our air.
To further strengthen the industry, EVAP is in close talks with the Nickel Industry Association of the Philippines. This culd pave the way for the local manufacture of either nickel metal or lithium-ion batteries that are used to power electric vehicle motors.
And yes, industry players such as Nissan Mitsubishi, and Hyundai will show off their latest EVs—regular-looking cars that have the added bonus of being powered by a clean powerplant. In addition, battery maker Motolite will unveil its very own EV that promises to help boost the public’s appetite for such types of transport.
All told, the 2019 Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit looks to be an exciting and dare we say, electrifying one.