2020 Electric Vehicle Summit to be held online

Published September 3, 2020, 6:00 PM

by Inigo Roces

Virtual summit to tackle green mobility in new normal

Nissan’s LEAF fully-electric vehicle.

The 8th Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit will push through this year. However, in light of the current situation, the event will be held online. The three-day virtual conference is scheduled for September 24-26, 2020.

Organized by the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) and Manila Electric Company, with event sponsors Mitsubishi Motors Philippines and Nissan Philippines, the annual summit continues to push for more widespread use of electric vehicles (EV) in the country.

The organizers held a virtual press conference with representatives from EVAP, Meralco, Mitsubishi, Nissan, and representatives from the Department of Energy, Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Transportation (DoTr). The event was moderated by Dr. Jose Bienvenido Manuel M. Biona, EVAP Executive Director.

Mitsubishi’s Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV).

The 8th PEVS aims to bring together stakeholders across the EV value chain, as well as policymakers, regulators, academe, consultants, transport companies, utilities, and end users to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of electric vehicles and supporting infrastructure. This year, it will provide an online platform to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the area of electrified mobility.

This year’s event will focus on electric vehicle adoption and the challenges and opportunities brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic on both the supply and demand side of the EV market. EVAP has partnered with Olern, a leading training and consulting company specializing ineLearning platforms, in staging the event.

“EV prospects continue to be bright despite the pandemic. According to International Energy Agency forecast, global sales will rise 6% this year to 2.3 million vehicles before exploding to 45 million by 2030,” EVAP president Edmund Araga said.

Fully-electric public transportation options are also exhibited.

He said that the EV industry players in the Philippines are eagerly looking forward to the immediate passage of the Electric Vehicles and Charging Stations Act to further promote and adopt electric vehicles (EV) in the country. The measure seeks to require private and public buildings and establishments to have dedicated parking slots with charging stations, installed by charging station service providers, and for gasoline stations to have a dedicated space for charging stations as well. It also mandates large industrial and commercial companies, public transport operators, and government agencies and instrumentalities to adopt a minimum 5% share electric vehicles (EVs) within their respective fleets.

This event also marks the first 10 years since the formal establishment of a collective Philippine electric vehicle movement through the incorporation of the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP). This event also commemorates a decade of advocating green transport with the staging of the first Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit in 2010 as well as the 10th year since the industry banded together to push for legislation granting incentives for the electric vehicle industry.

Over the course of the three-day event, EVAP will tackle long-term electric vehicle outlook; developing public charging infrastructure in response to the new normal; challenges to EV charging in Southeast Asia; recovery, reopening and the role of EVs under the new normal; policy measures; and promotion of low carbon urban transport.

To learn more about the 8th Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit and how to join, visit EVAP’s website.

 
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