June 19, 2019
The government and the private sector are crafting the complete set of standards for electric vehicles (EVs) in the country, the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) said.
To be covered by the standards are parts, components, testing parameters and procedures and safety features, EVAP chairman Rommel Juan said on Tuesday in a briefing in Makati.
Juan said EVAP is working with the Bureau of Philippine Standards (BPS) for the job. “When you set up a standard, it has to be adopted to the Philippines, to our setting. You should not copy those from abroad. We have to study the local conditions, how do we use our vehicles, what are the resources available and who are the users of the electric vehicles,” Juan said.
For his part, EVAP President Edmund Araga cited the importance of these standards as EVs are now becoming “mainstream.” He said that while several standards are already circulating in the public, EVAP and BPS are working for more. “We also try to analyze and evaluate what are adoptable in Philippine setting. We also consider the charging stations as part of the subject matter,” Araga said.
To promote the use of EVs, EVAP said it will hold the 7th Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit on July 17-18, 2019 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. Araga said the forum will introduce EVs to the Philippines and discuss the actual end-user adoption and how they could be utilized for a sustainable mode of transport.
He said public transport officials, local government representatives, members of the academe and EV and automotive industry players are expected to discuss the issues that will help make EV more mainstream.
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