Despite the quarantine restrictions, the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) announced that the Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit (PEVS) will push through later this year. However, don't expect it to be similar to the EV Summits before 2020. Similar to last year, the 9th PEVS will be held online as a virtual conference on August 26-27, 2021.
This year, the theme for PEVS is “Accelerating the Switch to Electro-Mobility in the Philippines”. The two-day conference will serve as a platform for policy dialogue and exchange of knowledge, experiences, and practices to accelerate the adoption of electro-mobility in the local transport sector. This is in line with the government's plans toward a low-carbon economy.
According to EVAP, the transformation of the local transport sector towards electrification is slow compared to other countries in the region, such as Thailand and Singapore. One example is the jeepney. The Department of Transportation (DOTr) reported in June 2020 that only 18,000 jeepneys have been modernized out of the 200,000 registered.
One of the highlights of the summit would be the signing of the stakeholder Memorandum of Understanding to accelerate the switch to electro-mobility by 2025. The memorandum will involve representatives from key government agencies, the academe, civil society, and EVAP reaffirming their commitment to accelerate the transition to sustainable transport.
“Accelerating the switch to electro-mobility can only take place with synergies of the government providing the enabling policy environment and infrastructure combined with the eager participation from the private sector in innovating electric vehicle technology solutions, facilitating technology transfer, and offering financing options. For its part, the civil society can help educate consumers about the benefits of e-mobility,” said EVAP president Edmund Araga.