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New summit to speed up EV adoption in the Philippines

With the goal of accelerating EV adoption in the country, a bigger and more exciting Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit (PEVS) is set for 2023. The Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP), together with the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) and in partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE) and Nissan Philippines Inc will be staging the 11th edition of the annual event from Oct. 19 to 21 at the SMX Convention Center Manila in Pasay City.

With the theme, “Plug-In and Accelerate,” the 11th PEVS will be a three-day summit, occupying three halls of the SMX Convention Center to accommodate more exhibitors and facilitate more insightful industry discussions and networking opportunities.

A two-day conference on Oct. 19 and 20 will focus on strengthening and localizing electric vehicle (EV) and battery supply chains to further support the wider adoption of EVs through policy dialogues and moderated exchange of knowledge, experiences, and best practices. The three-day exhibition from Oct. 19 to 21 will showcase foreign and local players exhibiting the latest EV models, battery and charging technologies, and other innovative products and solutions.

The 11th PEVS comes a year after Republic Act No. 11697 or the Electric Vehicle Industry Development Act (Evida) was enacted. “Following its enactment, the national government also approved an Executive Order temporarily removing import duties on completely built-up units of EVs for five years,” said EVAP president Edmund Araga.

He noted the release of the Comprehensive Roadmap for the Electric Vehicle Industry (Crevi) by the DOE, envisioning a domestic EV industry with strong export potential and a greater push for EV adoption nationwide. Other government agencies are also providing support, including the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

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From left: Sohee Kim, head of India, Asia-Pacific Team, Datu Dennis Chuah, Director Patrick Aquino, EEMI director Alain Dick, EVAP president Edmund Araga, Rommel Juan, and Hyundai Motors Philippines president Dong Wook Lee.

Battery consortium for EV adoption

“Another development that we are excited about is the establishment of the Philippine Battery Consortium in addressing concerns on battery supplies and costs. That will be launched during the 11th PEVS,” Araga announced. “We are engaging in collaboration activities with industry players with assistance from our ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) neighbors in coming up with an alternative battery component production utilizing indigenous minerals, considering the significant cost contribution of batteries in the overall acquisition cost of EVs.”

The 11th PEVS will also hold learning sessions on how other countries implement and succeed in developing EV supply chains, electrified ride-hailing, green logistics, e-bus services, and e-taxi fleets as well as ensuring safety in EV operations and battery manufacturing and servicing.

Here is the initial lineup of topics to be discussed in the plenary and moderated sessions:

o Philippine EV Battery Consortium launch

o DOE’s Comprehensive Roadmap for the Electric Vehicle Industry

o DTI’s Electric Vehicle Industry Strategy (EVIS)

o Electric vehicle market analysis in Southeast Asia by Frost & Sullivan

o EV manufacturing development: Exploiting existing capabilities of auto parts, electronics, and CIT sectors

o Electrified ride-hailing platform and urban logistics by the Loca Company and Mober

o Electric bus and taxi fleet services: The Shenzhen and Jakarta experience

o Asean Center for Energy (ACE)-Asean Federation of EV Associations (Afeva) policy dialogue

o Ensuring safety in EV operations and battery manufacturing and servicing

o EV supply bottleneck: Reality or hoax by BYD

o Emergence of a Vietnamese EV brand by Vinfast

o EV technology presentation by Nissan

“Through a series of focused panel discussions, we intend to situate the Philippine EV supply chain and exploit existing capabilities of local auto parts, electronics, and CIT sectors as well as discuss the incentives program of the government,” added Araga, who is also continuously calling for unwavering support from public and private sectors to further accelerate EV adoption in the country. 

The 11th PEVS will also recognize personalities and institutions advocating and promoting the adoption of electromobility in the Philippine transportation sector through the conferment of the E-mobility Awards.

To know more about EVAP and the 11th PEVS, log on to www.evap.com.ph and www.evap.com.ph/summit.