Month: May 2022

Electric Vehicle Bill Passed into LawElectric Vehicle Bill Passed into Law

Good news for electric vehicle lovers, owners, manufacturers, and enthusiasts! The Electric Vehicle Bill was recently signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte under Republic Act no. 11697 on April 15, 2022. Under the EV Law, promotion of adoption of EV’s and setting up of charging stations and related infrastructures shall be executed, spearheaded by the Department of Energy. The EV Bill will include the Comprehensive Roadmap for the Electric Vehicle Industry (CREVI) which will serve as the national framework for the development, commercialization, and utilization of EVs in the country. Among the primary focus of the CREVI is the standardization of EV components, specifications, charging structures, among other things.

Other government agencies are also involved in the promotion of the electric vehicle industry. Department of Transportation (DOTr) is tasked on the demand generation for electric vehicles, while the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) shall assist and promote local manufacturing of electric vehicles.

The passage of the EV Bill greatly helps local manufacturers, such as To-Jo Motors Corp, to develop and produce electric vehicles  with lower costs, be competitive in the market, and become more adoptable by many Filipinos.

DOST-PCIEERD and EVAP Launches Electric Jeepney PrototypesDOST-PCIEERD and EVAP Launches Electric Jeepney Prototypes

The Electric Jeepney Prototype

The Department of Science and Technology- Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) and the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) launched two units of Electric Jeepneys in Alabang Country Club on May 3, 2022. The event was graced by the DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Peña together with PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Enrico Paringit, EVAP Chairman Emeritus Ferdie Raquelsantos, EVAP President Edmund Araga, and EVAP Executive Director Dr. Manny Biona, together with Brgy. Alabang Council and the media. To-Jo Motors Corp. was represented by its Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Evan Quinay.

To-Jo Motors was selected as the manufacturing partner of EVAP in the development of the two prototype units. The prototyping started in 2020 but due to the pandemic, was only completed in 2021. The electric jeepneys adhere to the Philippine National Standard for PUV Modernization Program Class 2 category. It uses lithium batteries as main power source. The capacity of the e-jeeps is 23 passengers, with seating and standing combined.

The electric jeepneys are currently doing continuous road testing in Alabang, supervised by EVAP.

DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Peña gives his speech at the launching event.
DOST Secretary dela Peña together with other executives riding the e-jeepney for a test drive around the Alabang route.
The electric jeepney prototypes, an RND initiative by DOST-PCIEERD and EVAP.