July 18, 2019 By C! Magazine Staff

Modern and Sustainable Transport Sector at Forefront of 2019 Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit

The 7th Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit, with the theme Electric Vehicles: Modernizing the Transportation Landscape, Driving Sustainable Growth,” kicked off yesterday at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.

DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez giving his opening message at the 7th Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit

“We are highly encouraged by the support we are getting from major automotive manufacturers. which is a very strong indication that our transportation sector is slowly but steadily transitioning to more modern, energy efficient, greener and sustainable mobility so that we can create cleaner and better cities for our children,” Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (eVAP) President Edmund A. Araga said.

“Accelerating our country’s transition to fossil free driving would require, more than ever, the help of our academic institutions in terms of research, innovation, industry linkage, training, among others. That’s why this year, we are launching the eVAP Academe Chapter to help close the knowledge gap that is holding back our countrymen from choosing electric vehicles and to help our local EV industry address the barriers to widespread EV adoption,” added Mr. Araga

Ceremonial ribbon cutting to signal the opening of the 7th Philippine ,Electric Vehicle Summit (L-R): Atty. Dante Bravo, PNIA President; Art Balmadrid, General Manager Dong Feng; Raymond Ravelo, President e-Sakay, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, Edmund Agara, EVAP President, Isidro Alcantara, Chairman PNIA; and Tom Tolibas Corporate communications Head, Nissan Philippines, Inc.

Guest speaker on the topic of “Establishing a National Energy Policy and Regulatory Framework for the Use of Electric Vehicles and the Establishment of Charging stations” is Hon. Sherwin Gathalian (3rd from left) with EVAP President Edmund Araga, C! Magazine President Kevin Limjoco, E-Sakay President Raymond Ravelo, EVAP Chairman Rommel Juan, ASEC Leonido Pulido lll of the Department Energy and Chairman Emeritus of EVAP, Ferdie Raquelsantos.

The eVAP president stated that the E-Mobility Award is being relaunched to recognize organizations and individuals for their outstanding contributions to the realization of eVAP’s vision and mission through successful EV deployments, advocacy efforts, or through innovations aiming for the simplification and increase of electrification process.

Last year, the 6th PEVS gathered over 1,000 participants from industry key players across the value chain as well as policy makers, regulators, academe, transport companies, utilities, and end users. Foreign delegates from over a dozen countries have seen their network grow by participating in the event.

This year’s highlights include the following:

  • Current efforts on establishing a national regulatory framework for the use of electric vehicles and the establishment of charging stations;
  • Presentation on E-Mobility Solutions to be led by Nissan Motor Corporation Ltd. and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation;
  • Plenary sessions on developing the Philippine EV industry, addressing the EV infrastructure challenge and learning from abroad on building a robust EV ecosystem for the country;
  • Presentations on successful EV deployments in the country;
  • EV exhibition showcasing the latest trends in e-mobility solutions;
  • Launching of the EVAP Academe Chapter; and
  • EV test drive sessions to provide delegates with an opportunity to have hands-on EV experience

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