The Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) with principal parter, Manila Electric Company (Meralco) and the Partnership for Clean Air, Inc. (PCA) opened the Philippine Electric Vehicle (EV) Summit 2016 today at the Meralco Multipurpose Hall at Pasig City

Electric PUVS

EVAP is the organization of EV industry manufacturers, assemblers, importers, distributors, suppliers and advocates. Running from today until tomorrow, April 15, 2016, the event hopes to offer show business professionals and vehicle industry experts the latest advances in EV technology. It also hopes to provide a venue to network with colleagues both here and abroad and exchange ideas regarding electric vehicle technology and sustainable mobility.

This year's theme is “Investing in the electric vehicle industry towards sustainable and closer regional economic integration.” EVAP hopes to establish the Philippines as an electric vehicle hub in the ASEAN region. To catalyze these efforts, it recently singed a memorandum of agreement with the Green Technology Center (GTC) of the Technical Education & Skills Development Authority (TESDA). GTC is TESDA's Green Skills Hub which aims to provide technology and information, training tools, training equipment, instructional materials, trainers and resource persons, competency standards development and learning materials development through the E-Vehicle Service Training Program.

Solar-powered EVs

Among the partners present were battery manufacturers and suppliers, Electric jeep and trike manufacturers, and EV component manufacturers and distributors. These partners exhibited unique solutions such as electrified axles, scooters, bikes, and trikes, or hot-swappable batteries and charging stations. There are even commercially available vehicles converted to run on pure electricity. These partners have set up booths to showcase their products and vehicles, with test drives and brochures for curious parties.

A passenger car converted to electric power

Besides the EV fair, the summit is also holding various seminars and open forums. Key speakers from the academe, government as well as EV suppliers were present to discuss problems, challenges and solutions to implementing EV transportation in public and private scenarios.

With these gains, EVAP hopes to attract more foreign investments to pour into the local EV industry and in the very near future, make the Philippines the EV manufacturing hub in the region.

For inquiries about the Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit, or the Electric Vehicle Alliance, email [email protected]