The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that they are exploring the "possibility of integrating electric vehicle charging areas in gasoline stations."

We may not yet have fully electric vehicles (e-vehicles) available for consumers but cities that have already experimented with utilizing e-jeepneys and e-trikes for public transportation may soon have a place to charge their units.

According to Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, the agency is preparing for advent of electric vehicles in the country and that there are standing orders for the Oil Industry Management Bureau (OIMB) and Energy Utilization Management Bureau (EUMB) to begin developing policies on making an infrastructure that will be able to handle e-vehicles, like charging areas inside gasoline stations.

“Apart from readying electric vehicle infrastructure, we also want to strengthen our gasoline stations’ consumer welfare and satisfaction through well-maintained and functional amenities within its premises,” said Cusi.

Meanwhile, the DOE is also drafting policy regarding the improvement of parking areas, restrooms and convenience stores at gasoline stations including the installation of close-circuit television cameras.