Many new BEVs, PHEVs, and HEVs have been added
For the last few months, we have been closely looking at the list of battery electric vehicles (BEV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV), and hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) of the Department of Energy.
The list is the reference for government agencies regarding the models being offered by the auto industry and the motorcycle industry that can qualify for certain incentives brought forth by the EVIDA law like tax and duty breaks and number coding exemptions.
There has been some talk in the industry that the run-up to yesterday’s meeting on the EV Recognition Guidelines was a rather charged one (pun intended) but for unrelated matters. And after said discussion, it seems the new and updated list is ready from the DOE.
The EV Recognized List as of November 2023 has a lot of new models that were not in the previous edition that was released in early October. We are now seeing a lot of new models in the BEV section, the PHEV section, as well as a few in the HEV section.
Under the HEV Recognized List, the only additions are Mazda with the CX-90 gasoline turbo HEV, as well as the CX-60 gasoline turbo HEV and diesel turbo HEV. This marks the first time Mazda has been recognized with models qualifying for the EVIDA law’s benefits.
EV specialist BYD also expanded their portfolio on the list, as they have two models that are new additions. One is the BYD Yuan Pro which is a BEV crossover, while the other is the Seagull BEV. We’re really quite interested in the Seagull, and its addition to the list means it will be launched in the Philippines soon.
Hyundai added the IONIQ 6 sedan to the BEV list to partner up with their other EV, the IONIQ 5.
Volvo has the distinction of having the most new entries onto the EV Recognized List under both PHEV and BEV, though it may be just that the models were not added to the October 5 list. Still, under the PHEV section in the November 14 list, they added the plug-in hybrid versions of the XC60, XC90, and S90. As for BEVs, they now have the C40 and XC40 electric vehicles.
MG is a significant newcomer, now under SAIC Motor Philippines. In the November 14 update, we’re seeing the three new models of which two are already launched: the MG 4 BEV hatchback and the MG Marvel R BEV. The other model is the MG ZS BEV, but that hasn’t been launched in the market yet.
Mercedes-Benz has been busy it seems, as they now have BEVs on the list that were not there previously (at least if the previous list we were checking was accurate). Mercedes-Benz will have four recognized BEVs; the EQA 250, the EQB 250, the EQE 300, and the EQE 350+. These models have been launched back in September.
The rest of the list shows new additions from the importers of Wuling, Baojun, Leapmotor, and DFSK, but the most unusual addition is one from Geely: it’s the Radar RD6 pick-up truck. Now there have been rumors that another importer is looking at the Radar RD6, so it may be that the Geely Radar 6 in this list wasn’t submitted by the official importer of Geely. We’ll have to wait and see to find out more. If you want to peruse the list yourself, we’ve attached the images below.