The Philippines will be home to the first ASEAN Electric & Hybrid Vehicles Summit which will be held on June 29-30 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. The event is set to bring in over 600 industry players and stakeholders from ASEAN member states to discuss various topics including technology, innovation and the environment.

Holding the summit in the country was made in line with the Philippines' chairmanship of ASEAN2017. The upcoming summit is jointly organized by the Philippine Board of Investments (BOI), the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP), Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, Inc. (CAMPI), and Meralco. 

1st ASEAN Electric & Hybrid Vehicles Summit to be held in the Philippines

“Strengthening Partnerships for Greener Transport in ASEAN and Beyond” will be the summit's theme. The conference aims to enhance cooperation between both public and private stakeholders to further promote electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrids in the region.

Apart from enhancing cooperation, the summit will also initiate the establishment of an ASEAN Federation of Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Industries (AFEHVI). AFEHVI aims to promote collaborations among industry players in the ASEAN region and their international counterparts. There also be a signing of a Memorandum of Agreement by Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam for AFEHVI's establishment.

“We are optimistic that the summit will serve as a platform for the creation of a roadmap for the successful adoption of advanced/green vehicle technology in the ASEAN region. At the local level, we hope that this event through the active participation and vehicle showcase of our member brands, will increaase awareness on electric and hybrid vehicles and generate much needed support from government and other stakeholders,” said Atty. Rommel R. Gutierrez, CAMPI president.

Major highlights of the summit will include a ceremonial turnover of i-MiEV and Outlander PHEV by Mitsubishi Motors Corporation to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI), along with the signing of a memorandum of agreement.

Meanwhile, other highlights of the summit include the showcasing of electric and hybrid cars manufactured by members of CAMPI such as e-jeeps and e-tricycles.