The Electric Vehicle Alliance (EVA) has just opened the fourth Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit (PEVS) at the Meralco Multipurpose Hall in Ortigas, Pasay. The summit will run from February 26 to 27, 2015.

EVA is a group composed of the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP), Meralco and Clear Air Initiative Asia. With the theme of “sustaining the gains in Philippine electric vehicle development,” EVAP President Rommel T. Juan shared the current status of the country’s electric vehicle (EV) industry.

According to Juan, the local EV industry registered a total unit sale of 15,750 last year. This figure includes 15,000 EBikes/EMotorcycles; 500 ETrikes and 250 EJeepneys. For this year, EVAP is projecting a higher target with 20,000 EBikes/EMotorcycles; 3,000 ETrikes and 500 EJeepneys for a total of 23,500 EVs. If all goes well, there will be around 40,000 EVs plying the country’s road by the end of 2015.

During the press conference, Juan told the members of the media that the local EV industry is pushing forward despite the lack of support from the Philippine government. He added that private institutions are starting to develop its respective EV program.

“[The local EV] industry is not waiting for the government anymore…we’re doing our own thing and private institutions are starting their own EV programs,” Juan said.

With this, Juan is optimistic that the Philippines can reach a total of 1 million EVs come 2020. He believes that the local EV industry will spur once Filipinos get to be more familiar with the said type of vehicles.  

The association cited the reliability and durability of the EVs through the EJeepneys that provide public transportation in Makati since 2007. Up until now, EVAP claims that these EJeepneys emit no smoke despite serving for around 8 years.

To date, the emergence of EVs are slowly getting momentum as EVAP members Talino EV and Phil Etro eyes to service as well as supply ETrikes to cities such as Makati and Quezon city. Moreover, educational institutions such as the De La Salle University – Dasmariñas and the Ateneo de Manila University have implemented their own in-campus EJeepneys program.