With the theme “Strengthening partnerships for greener transport in ASEAN and beyond” as its driving force, the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) successfully hosted the first ASEAN Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Summit at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.
In partnership with the Board of Investments (BOI), Chamber of Automotive Manufactures of the Philippines, Inc. (CAMPI), and MERALCO, the event showcased some of the latest breakthroughs in the electric and hybrid vehicle segment. The summit also delved deep into the necessary strategies to revolutionize the transport industry on a global scale. Out with the old vehicles that pollute the environment, and in with the new, cleaner models private and public use.
As regard, the summit touched on the power of international partnerships that champion the manufacturing and use of electric and hybrid vehicles. This was discussed via a series of EV and hybrid vehicle industry reports from the representatives of such ASEAN regions as Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines.
Aside from the industry reports, the international delegates also discussed how the Paris Agreement Entry Into Force has affected the transport sector, the evolution of electric vehicle batteries and charging protocols, product technology solutions, as well as strategies in creating a successful EV and hybrid transport environment.
The talks were capped off with the signing of a memorandum of agreement. This would, in turn, establish a new international automotive industry organization called the ASEAN Federation of Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Industries (AFEHVI).
But the ASEAN Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Summit isn’t just about talks between industry professionals, it also had a motor show of Ebikes, EJeepneys, and some of CAMPI’s brand members that carry electric and hybrid vehicles. These include the Lexus NX300h, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, Mitsubishi iMIEV, Nissan Note e-Power, Nissan Leaf and the Toyota Prius PHV.
In addition, CAMPI displayed a photo exhibit of such environment-friendly vehicles as the BAIC EU260, BMW i8, Daewoo EV/HES BS 120CN, FOTON Tornado Cummins, Honda Legend 3.5 Sport Hybrid SH-4WD, Isuzu ERGA, Kia Soul EV, Mercedes-Benz C 350 e, Peugeot 308 Station Wagon with Blue HDI Technology, SsangYong XAV, Suzuki IGNIS 1.2DualJet SVHS, Volkswagen I.D. Buzz, and Mazda’s i-ELOOP Regenerative Braking System Technology.
Finally, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) was also present in the summit to uphold its part in a memorandum of understanding which it signed together with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
The said memorandum would push a joint study between the Japanese carmaker and the Philippine government firm; a study that focuses on environmental load reduction via EV technologies used in the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and iMIEV. As regard, MMC held a turnover ceremony in which it announced the delivery of 5 Outlander PHEVs and 5 iMIEVs to the DENR to carry out the said joint study.