Need to recharge your electric vehicle (EV) on the way to your destination? You're in luck as Unioil recently opened its first EV charging station along Congressional Avenue Extension in Quezon City.

Described by the company as its first 'hybrid' service station, it partially runs on solar power as a way to reduce its carbon footprint. In addition, the EV charging station is also equipped with 'smart' solar panels that keep track of the sun's rays.

Called 'Smartflower', it is an automated sun tracking solar panel that the company claimed is 40-percent more efficient at generating energy than convetional fix-typed solar panels. Moreover, each 'Smartflower' reduces carbon footprint by as much as 4.7 metric tons per year, equivalanet of planting approximately 5,000 trees annually.

Unioil Philippines launches its first EV charging station

Key persons present during the ribbon-cutting ceremony included Unioil vice president Noel Soriano and Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) vice president for Business Planning and Public Relations Renato Lampano.

“We commend Unioil for its initiative to showcase renewable energy in its first hybrid gasoline station. Like Unioil, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation is striving to reduce carbon footprint by developing technologies for improving fuel economy and electric-powered systems. The Mitsubishi Electric Vehicle (i-MiEV) and Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) are proof of this concept,” said Lampano.

Unioil Philippines launches its first EV charging station

On the other hand, Soriano stated that they are proud of opening the first of many EV charging stations in the country.

“We are very proud to open the first of many Unioil EV charging stations aimed at promoting the use of electric vehicles in the country. We invite everyone to visit our Unioil hybrid station to see and experience the future,” added Soriano.