electric jeepelectric jeep1With the below-acceptable conditions of pollution, impossible traffic, and sacrifices commuters are experiencing in the country, it is but right that the Philippines would be the perfect place in this time for a drastic change—conversion of public transport  to electric vehicles. Not only will this move help the public with regards to health,  comfort, and safety but also develop a special automotive industry that can create jobs and help the nation’s economy. This was discussed during the 3rd Electric Vehicle Summit held at Meralco last February 27.

“The Philippines is now on the verge of an EV tipping point where all the pieces of the puzzle are falling into place.  Once they come together, the Philippines may finally be the EV manufacturing hub of the region.  But first, we need to put the right business environment in place,” states Rommel Juan, president of the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines or eVAP.

The EV Summit showcased a trade fair where foreign and local EV parts manufacturers displayed their latest products.  TECO of Taiwan, partner of local EV pioneer PhUV Inc. unveiled their locally-assembled electric tricycle. Mistusbishi Motors Philippines launched their electric version of the Outlander. Electric motorcyles and Jeeps were also on display.  Media people were given a ride on an electric jeep around the Meralco premises to experience how smooth, smokeless and noiseless an electric jeep runs.

evap summit“Electric Vehicles have now become more relevant in the light of the recent effects of Typhoon Yolanda.  Now, people are more conscious of the negative effects that can be brought upon by our neglect in preserving the environment thus resulting in global warming and climate change.  Thus, this year, even major auto shows abroad have prominently featured electric vehicles and other forms of alternative fuel vehicles,” adds Juan.

eVAP now boasts of 56 active members, 27 of whom are corporate members. It is now part of the lead organizing group Electric Vehicle Alliance consisting of Meralco and various like-minded NGOs such as Partnership for Clean Air (PCA),  Clean Air Initiative Asia and the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC).

For more on what was discussed, please see video below.