The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is set to put up locally developed rapid charging stations for electric vehicles (EV) such as the e-trykes.

The charging station is called the Rapid Charging E-Vehicles Station or CharM (Charging in Minutes) which can charge EVs in less than 30 minutes instead of the usual six hours. It was developed by a team of scientists and engineers from the University of the Philippines-Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute (UP-EEEI) with PHP 15 million funding from the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) of the DOST.

PCIEERD Senior Science Research Specialist Patrick Montero said that CharM is similar to a regular refuelling station where you use a connector to re-charge an e-tryke, but the difference lies in CharM's ability to charge the batterirs in less than 30 minutes.

According to DOST, one unit of the CharM has been completed with the charging infrastructure now being put up in Mandaluyong and it is expected to be operational next month.