PH Electric Vehicle group to hold 10th EV Summit; Focuses on Industry’s Solidarity In Accelerating Electric Mobility

The Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP), in collaboration with the Manila Electric Company (MERALCO), and in collaboration with the Department of Energy (DOE), is hosting the 10th Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit (PEVS) on October 20 and 21, 2022 at the SMX Convention Center Manila.

EVAP President Edmund Araga, citing the 2022 Global EV Outlook of the International Energy Agency said: “There has been a massive jump in EV adoption worldwide during the past year. Sales of electric vehicles (EVs) doubled in 2021 from the previous year to a new record of 6.6 million. Back in 2012, just 120 000 electric cars were sold worldwide. Nearly 10% of global car sales were electric in 2021, four times the market share in 2019. This brought the total number of electric cars on the world’s roads to about 16.5 million, triple the amount in 2018. Global sales of electric cars have kept rising strongly in 2022, with 2 million sold in the first quarter, up 75% from the same period in 2021.” 

“The IEA report stated that the success of EVs is being driven by multiple factors. Sustained policy support is the main pillar. Public spending on subsidies and incentives for EVs nearly doubled in 2021 to nearly USD 30 billion. A growing number of countries have pledged to phase out internal combustion engines or have ambitious vehicle electrification targets for the coming decades. Meanwhile, many carmakers have plans to electrify their fleets that go further than policy targets. Finally, more new EV models were available in 2021, increasing the attractiveness to consumers. The number of EV models available on the market is around 450. While the 6.6 million EV Sales in 2021 were led by China (3.3 million), Europe (2.3 million), and the United States (630,000), by contrast, EV sales are still lagging in other emerging and developing economies, where few models that are available remain unaffordable for mass-market consumers,” Mr. Araga added.

Given this global context, Mr. Araga announced that this year’s PEVS will highlight the EV industry’s unity in achieving the policy objectives of the Electric Vehicle Industry Development Act (EVIDA) or Republic Act No. 11697, which went into effect on 11 May 2022 and its implementing rules and regulations went into effect on 20 September 2022 following its publication on 5 September 2022. The law aims to encourage the rapid adoption of electric vehicles and charging stations in the country by mandating a 5% EV share in corporate and government fleets, dedicated parking slots for EVs, the installation of charging stations in parking lots and gasoline stations, green routes in cities and municipalities, and fiscal and non-fiscal incentives for EV manufacturing, charging station importation, and EV utilization.

He stated that with the passage of EVIDA, the country may look forward to a transition to sustainable transportation. “Aside from the climate benefits of electric vehicles, another important benefit of EVs that has come to the forefront of public policy attention, particularly since the beginning of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, is that EVs run on electricity and can thus be an important contributor to reducing the country’s use of oil,” Mr. Araga said.

Mr. Araga, on the other hand, stressed the government’s willingness to implement fiscal incentives because customers should not have to pay such a high premium for EVs. He believes that boosting EV use combined with fiscal incentives in growing EV markets such as the Philippines will incentivize charging infrastructure players to enter the nation, generating a virtuous cycle of EV adoption.

The country’s largest annual EV conference and exhibition, themed “United In Driving Electromobility in Support of the Electric Vehicle Industry Development Act (EVIDA) or Republic Act No. 11697,” will mark its first physical staging following two years of the COVID-19 epidemic. The event brings together stakeholders from the whole EV value chain, including policymakers, regulators, academia, consultancies, transportation corporations, power utilities, and manufacturers.

end-users to engage in policy dialogue as well as long-term partnership to encourage electric car adoption and the implementation of EV charging infrastructure in the country

To kick off the 10th PEVS, the EV Owners Society (EVOS) will host a procession around the Mall of Asia (MOA) Complex on October 20, 2022.

EVAP will introduce a new logo during the occasion, according to Mr. Araga. “This is the appropriate time for us to rebrand to reflect EVAP’s vision of a contemporary and electrified road transport in the Philippines,” he said. We also wanted to reiterate our commitment to advancing the country’s transition to EVs by lobbying for and supporting enabling policies, rules, and regulations to speed their adoption in the public and commercial sectors.”

The recently promulgated EVIDA Implementing Rules and Regulations (EVIDA-IRRs) will be presented by the Department of Energy (DOE) during the event, along with other concerned government agencies such as the DILG, DOST, DOTr, DTI, ERC, and LTFRB discussing their specific roles in EVIDA implementation.

The 10th PEVS will also honor individuals and institutions for their essential contributions to the promotion of electric mobility in the Philippines by bestowing the E-mobility Awards.

Line-up of topics for the 10th PEVS

  • EVIDA Implementing Rules and Regulations and Updates on the Comprehensive Roadmap for the Electric Vehicle Industry (CREVI)
  • Encouraging More Players in the EV Charging Space
  • Global Trends and Current Issues Faced by the EV Industry 
  • Asian Federation of Electric Vehicle Association (AFEVA) Policy Dialogue 
  • Spurring EV Manufacturing Through the Strategic Investment Promotion Plan (SIPP) and the EV Incentive Strategy (EVIS)
  • Public and Private E-mobility Programs
  • EV Technology Presentations

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