MANILA, Philippines — Electric vehicles (EV) are the future of motoring and the Department of Energy (DOE) under Secretary Alfonso Cusi has guaranteed the industry stakeholders of its outpouring support for the continued development of EVs or e-vehicles in the Philippines.
With Assistant Secretary Leonido Pulido III speaking on behalf of DOE under Secretary Alfonso Cusi, the energy department made the assurance during the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Summit at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.
“Through a concerted effort, we have to develop a conducive, open-access and non-discriminatory environment for EVs to thrive and settle into the mainstream,” said Pulido.
The government agency official explained that the EV industry must ensure the operation of sufficient chargning stations and after sales support should the e-vehicles are to take the place of vehicles running on fossil fuels like gasoline and diesel.
“The industry should be bent on continuing to improve the performance, mileage and durability of EVs, so that these vehicles develop over time both in capacity and reputation that will match and stand toe-to-toe — or wheel-to-wheel — with their petroleum-powered counterparts,” Pulido noted.
He stressed out the Philippine government’s efforts to incentivize the industry, including the programs being implemented of the Bureau of Investments (BOI) for startup industries such as EVs.
The Energy department has drawn up an Alternative Fuel Roadmap, which embodies the Philippines’ immediate and long-term master plans concerning the EVs industry, the DOE official added.
In May, the DOE in partnership with the Japanese Government turned over the “next-generation vehicles” to selected government agencies, especially in the Yolanda-stricken regions, for practical testing and operation, research and development, and technical familiarization.
It also conceived with the help of different stakeholders the Philippine Energy Standards and Labeling Program, which aims to establish that all energy-consuming products, including light vehicles, will meet the set energy performance requirements for the consumer benefit.
Pulido asked electric vehicle stakeholders to roll out the positive awareness of the benefits of using EVs. — Velvetiere.com