At the Meralco Compound in Ortigas, the company led by Manny V. Pangilinan launched the first EV (electric vehicle) charging station in the Philippines. The move is another milestone in the future of land transportation and automotive electrification.
The company sent the public the message that the development of EVs as replacement for gas-powered cars has gone another step further. The launch also introduced some electric vehicles such as the e-trike, e-jeep, e-bus, as well as the Mitsubishi i-MiEV. However, the crowd pleaser came in the form of Meralco CEO Manny Pangilinan’s Tesla Model S – the first in the Philippines. The EV display was done in hopes to influence other industry players to use such vehicles commercially.
The project was in partnership with one of the automotive industry leaders Mitsubishi Motors. Top Meralco officials such as CEO Manny Pangilinan, Pres. Oscar Cruz, and VP Al Panlilio shared their views on the future use of EVs in the country.
The charger also features an ethernet-ready system to allow fast customer transaction. The charger case is made of powder-coated galvanized steel to safe keep the system from accidents and pilferage attempts. The initial plan is to put charging stations at Meralco offices around Metro Manila. As the use of EVs in country propagates in the future, charging stations will be integrated in locations such as groceries and other key establishments.