E-vehicle group sees gov’t, corporate fleets going electric

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 2) — With the passage of the Electric Vehicle Industry Development Act (EVIDA), the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) expects at least 5% of government and corporate fleets to go electric.

EVAP President Edmund Araga said the government should consider the use of electric vehicles instead of internal combustion engines, especially in public transportation.

“It (e-vehicles) would have gained demand if the government prioritizes the use of electric vehicles, in particular,” he said during an interview on CNN Philippines’ Traffic Center.

Araga admits that there’s still not enough e-vehicle infrastructure like charging stations in the country, but stressed that the problem is being addressed under the Comprehensive Roadmap Electric Vehicles Industry (CREVI) mentioned in the law.

“Part of this is providing charging stations in malls, institutions, and some public areas that would be in need of the charging stations,” the EVAP president said.

He said more people would now be interested in e-vehicles because of regulations that support the industry, while concerns on high tariffs are also being addressed.

By 2024, EVAP projects up to ₱1.6 billion in revenues from the e-vehicle industry.

Araga said the passage of the law would make “a positive impact on our economy” and the environment.