One Small Act: Is the Philippines ready for electric vehicles?

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Photo from CNN Philippines' One Small Act: Journey to Sustainability

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — In line with the global push towards sustainability, premiere luxury brand BMW has taken a step closer to providing a greener and more sustainable place with its first-ever electric vehicle (EV), the BMW iX.

The revolutionary model is now available in the Philippines, but is the country ready for it?

Leading countries with EVs commonly have sources of renewable energy, a setup that is easily accessible, and materials needed for these vehicles.

Iceland is one of the countries leading in the EV market worldwide. CNN Philippines host Paolo Abrera shared key insights on driving the BMW iX in Iceland, the world's most EV-ready country.

Iceland boasts of renewable sources of power, low electricity prices paired with high fossil fuel prices, and a huge urbanization rate that make the country an ideal place for EVs.

Iceland has geothermal power plants that produce the country’s energy resources. Heat, bedrock, and water are the top three requirements for a geothermal power plant.

According to KristinnMar Hilmarsson, Hellisheidi Powerplant guide, the Philippines could be a key country for this type of renewable resource as there are lots of volcanic activities.

Once the Philippines starts to gear towards hosting EVs, Filipino auto enthusiasts could start their one small act towards a healthier environment through the BMW iX.

Promoting sustainability, the BMW iX seeks to aid decarbonization and to take a step toward achieving cleaner air.

Tagged as the BMW Group’s “technology flagship,” the iX is an all-electric sports activity vehicle (SAV). It is the brand’s equivalent for the sport utility vehicle, which balances sustainability, elegance, and performance in one vehicle.

Drive Event Specialist Vladimir Kulev says the BMW group used environmentally friendly materials even in the simple aspects of designing the EV.

Watch out for more stories about environmental efforts and the path to sustainable development.