The government is considering a comprehensive roadmap for the development of electric vehicles

Richmond Mercury – The Star of the Philippines

October 23, 2022 | 00:00

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Energy and other agencies aim to release a comprehensive roadmap for the electric vehicle industry by the first quarter of next year.

The roadmap will be developed in cooperation with partner agencies such as the Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of Science and Technology to further guide the electric vehicle industry on the purpose of the Electric Vehicle Industry Development Act or EVIDA.

It should provide an annual work plan to accelerate the development, commercialization and use of electric vehicles in the country.

“With our collaboration, we plan to develop standards and specifications for electric vehicles and charging stations, the construction of dedicated parking spaces, green roads in cities and municipalities, the installation of charging stations, the development of local electric vehicle industry manufacturing, research and development. , capacity building, training and technical skills development for a safe environment for electric vehicles,” said Energy Secretary Raphael Lotilla.

“In fact, we’re now at the exciting stage where electric vehicles are starting to emerge,” he said.

Lotilla said there were about 9,000 registered electric vehicles and 300 charging stations deployed across the country.

It urges industry players to accelerate the development, commercialization and use of electric vehicles as an alternative fuel for the transport sector.

With industry support and cooperation, the DOE sees that the existing number of electric vehicles and charging stations will gradually increase with the enactment of Republic Act 11697 or EVIDA and the publication of its rules and regulations. application at the beginning of last month.

“The time is now on your side to gather ideas and strategies to overcome the challenges and fulfill our confidence in the transition to a low-carbon and energy-efficient transportation system,” Lotilla said.

“Let’s get the ball rolling by accelerating the development, commercialization and use of electric vehicles in the country as our alternative fuels for the transportation sector,” he said.