The Philippines may not yet be bustling with electric vehicle (EV) activity but in the event that more and more Filipinos patronize these emissions-free vehicles in the future, the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) wants to make sure that there is an infrastructure out there prepared to service units that breakdown.
Aimed at developing a training curriculum for aspiring EV technicians, EVAP has tapped Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to develop programs and provide free training in technical servicing, maintenance, and repairs of EVs through TESDA’s Green Technology Center (GTC).
Under the partnership, EVAP will parts and components from EVs (vehicles and tricycles), tools and some testing facilities to the TESDA GTC laboratory including resource speakers for the hands-on training seminars.
TESDA will provide the venue for the seminars including the laboratory, food and even accommodation of participants from the provinces.
Because EVs can now also be found in Bacolod, Boracay, Iloilo, and Naga, both parties plan to conduct these seminars across the country so that EVs in the provinces won’t need to be sent to Metro Manila for servicing.
"With more and more players coming in, both local and foreign, more and more electric vehicles and products are now entering the market. The industry now needs more technical people to support the growing EV industry in terms of proper maintenance, servicing and repairs. This will also assure EV buyers that there will be after-sales service available anywhere in the country. We all know that in order to fully develop the EV Industry, we cannot stop at just producing and selling vehicles. We must look at after-sales service as well,” said EVAP President Rommel Juan.