A national strategy for electric vehicles now in place
The Philippines electric vehicle industry is moving forward guided by a National Electric Vehicle Strategy.
A transport firm, Green Frog Zero Emission Transport, is set to import 38 electric buses within 2011. Made possible through a joint undertaking with Makati City, the buses will initially ply a route that goes along Buendia from EDSA to the South Luzon Expressway. About 3,000 electric buses are set to be imported in a span of 7 years.
This development follows a successful turnover of 20 electric tricycles by Philippines President Aquino to Mandaluyong City with funding support from the Asian Development Bank. Discussions are now underway to scale up the roll out of electric tricycles to Philippine cities. A public battery charging station will also be established in Mandaluyong City as part of the electric tricycles project.
The Partnership for Clean Air, CAI-Asia’s Country Network in the Philippines, organized the 1st Philippines Electric Vehicle Summit in November 2011 and is an active member of the Electric Vehicle Alliance of the Philippines.
Watch out for an upcoming CAI-Asia publication on the 'Cost Benefit Analysis of Technology and Phase Out Options for Three Wheelers: Philippines Case Study'