Congresswoman Emmeline Y. Aglipay-Villar presided over the opening ceremony of the 5th Philippine EV Summit held under the theme: “Investing In The EV Industry Towards A Sustainable Transport And Closer Regional Economic Integration.”
“Since we last had our EV Summit last year, a lot of good things have happened in the domestic EV industry. the Department of Energy and the Asian Development Bank have finally awarded the initial order of 3,000 eTrikes to BEMAC. This is just for pilot testing a projected program quantity of 100,000 eTrikes over the next few years. And this alone is reason for us to celebrate. This is indeed a historic event in our EV history and will surely jumpstart our local EV industry. It was the much-needed shot in the arm that we have long been waiting for. This could be the spark that could ignite an explosion of positive developments in our EV industry,” said Mr. Rommel T. Juan, president of the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP).
For the first time in the summit’s 5-year history, the Electric Vehicle Alliance (EVA) comprising the EVAP, Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) and Partnership for Clean Air (PCA), introduced the eMobility Awards which recognizes institutions for their achievements in promoting the use of electric vehicles in the Philippines and contributing to EVAP’s goal of putting one million electric vehicles on the road by 2020. The first recipients of the award are the Department of Energy (DOE) and BEMAC Electric Transportation Philippines, Inc.
From left to right: Ms. Yvonne Casto, BEMAC; Mr.Ricardo Lopez, DOE; Mr. Jon Aitchison, Sevcon; Mr. Takahiro Innami, BEMAC; Usec. Jonas Leones, DENR; GM Cora Jimenez, MMDA; Congresswoman Emmeline Y. Aglipay- Villar, Mr. Rommel Juan, EVAP; Mr. Ferdie Raquelsantos, EVAP; Mr. Anthony Agoncillo, Meralco; Mr. Lawrence Fernandez, Meralco and Mr. Grayson Richards, Kyto Ventures