Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Meralco eVehicle Power Station in Pasig City

E-car group to hold third Electric Vehicle Summit in November
The group that organized the hugely successful first two editions of the Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit is now gearing up for the third one, which they plan to hold in November.
The Electric Vehicle Alliance (EVA), which already had two hugely successful events, is composed of the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP), MERALCO, Clean Air Initiative Asia (CAI Asia) and the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC).
EVAP President Rommel Juan said that the theme for the third EV Summit is Mainstreaming the Electric Vehicle Ecosystem. The said event is slated to happen on November 28 and 29 at the Meralco Multipurpose Hall at Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City.
“We will be bringing together the top EV players in the country such as assemblers, importers, suppliers, distributors and enthusiasts with those of other countries in the region,” Juan said. “Hopefully, we can learn from their best practices and they from us in how to build the necessary ecosystem for electric vehicles to thrive and be sustainable. There have been so many developments in the EV industry in both the domestic and international fronts lately. So many players have come and gone. And some are still just coming in, which is why we want everyone to be successful in their respective implementations.”
Juan noted that Project Better place in Palo Alto, California has declared bankruptcy whereas Tesla of San Carlos is continuing to grow.
“As a matter of fact, Meralco Chair Manny V. Pangilinan recently bought a Tesla electric sports car to highlight the launching of the new Meralco charging station at the Meralco Complex in Pasig City,” Juan added. “There is no denying the EV industry is here to stay as it is just in its infancy in the Philippines. Some analysts even predict that by 2020, about 15% of vehicles sold worldwide will be electric vehicles”.
The Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit 2013 will feature the most active local EV manufacturers, importers, suppliers, operators and dealers.
“We also wish to discuss the most pertinent EV issues of today that is why we have also invited representatives from the government sector and the academe”, he added.
Philippine Utility Vehicle, Inc. (PhUV), the country’s pioneer in local EV manufacturing and assembly, will also display their newest models of ETrikes and EJeep neys.
The company which recently secured its pioneering status registration from the BOI allowing it to have a package of fiscal and non-fiscal incentives such as income tax holiday and duty-free importation, announced that it will soon get into mainstream local mass production and assembly of EVs in the country with a new plant in Cavite.