With the rest of the world switching to electrification in the past several years, the Philippines appears to be lagging behind when it comes to alternative means of transporation. But at the recent 2019 Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit, Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai in the Philippnes, believes that the country is ready to make the switch.

During the annual event organized by the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP), the automaker showed its latest electric vehicles, the Ioniq and Kona EV. First revealed at this year's Manila International Auto Show, they serve as the brand's first zero emissions vehicles that offer a cleaner & greener alternative than your typical internal-combustion engine automobiles.

Working alongside the event's theme 'Modernizing the transportation landscape, driving sustainable growth', Hyundai says that electric vehicles hold the key to the future of mobility and showed their support to electric transportation.

“We at Hyundai believe that electric vehicles are the future of mobility. EVs have the potential to address the pressing concerns Filipinos are facing in terms of energy and environmental sustainability. That’s why we are one with the government and EVAP in advocating sustainable mobility through EVs or new energy vehicles, and we are proud to participate in this important summit,” said Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo, president and CEO of HARI.

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But in order to make the switch a reality, all sectors, including the government, transport groups, auto industry, motorists, and even commuters, have to work together to make the EV future happen.

“Making the shift to EVs from internal combustion engines in the Philippines requires cooperation between the auto industry, government, transport groups, vehicle owners, and commuters. We look to this summit to build stronger relationships between these sectors and thus bring us closer to the future of mobility,” added Agudo.

In review, the Kona EV serves as Hyundai's first electric crossover in the range. It's powered by an electric motor that produces 200 PS and 394 Nm of torque. On a single charge, Hyundai claims it can travel over 400 km before needing a recharge.

Meanwhile, the the Ioniq EV is the all-electric counterpart to the Ioniq Hybrid. As the name suggests, pure electricity powers the hatchback that allows it to put out 120 PS and 295 Nm of torque. Thanks to 28 kWh battery pack, the Ioniq EV can travel 200 km before the batteries are completely drained.