The Philippines is now electric vehicle (e-vehicle or EV) ready, Manila Electric Company (Meralco) executives said Tuesday, as they launched the country’s first ever commercial prototype of the e-vehicle charging station at the Meralco compound in Pasig City.
According to Meralco senior vice president Alfredo Panlilio, the launching served as a signal to stakeholders that the country's technology is now ready to support the e-vehicle industry requirements.
Panlilio said the Philippines is in need of the technology, considering the amount of the country’s import on fuel.
He said that with e-vehicle charging stations, more people would consider buying an e-vehicle, which is cost-efficient and environmental friendly.
Panlilio said their charging station has the capability to provide partial “sachet” charging.
“For as low as P1, the equipment can provide the kilowatt equivalent of that amount,” he said.
He added the charger recognizes the status of the power supply of the vehicle, automatically cuts off charging once the vehicle is fully charged.
The amount equivalent in peso of the kWh consumed by the vehicle will then appear on the LCD display.
Panlilio said the charging station is fully mobile and weather proof, making it ideal on major establishments, PUV terminals, whether covered or not.
Meralco president and CEO Oscar Reyes added that they are now studying the deployment of the e-vehicle charging station in Manila, viable areas within their franchise area and later on all over the country.
Reyes said the project introduces the use of renewable energy, particularly solar and wind power source in their charging stations.
“Solar and wind can provide thrift supply energy that can be adopted both in urban and remote areas where it cannot be feasible to lay down electrical facilities,” he said.
However, he stressed that in order for them to succeed, they will be needing help from the government, the private sector particularly the relevant stakeholders.
“We, Meralco, cannot do this alone, we need the help of other entities and industries. Those who have existing land and parking facilities and preferably those with the existing manpower, where charging facility can complement your existing businesses,” he said.
Meralco Chairman Manny Pangilinan also urged local manufacturers to develop e-vehicles, saying the Filipinos should get the profit, instead of exporters who are mostly getting it at the moment.
Pangilinan added that they are willing to provide Filipino manufacturers with assistance.
“We are prepared to help propagate (the use of e-vehicle); we are even prepared to invest in local manufacturers. We don’t want imported e-vehicles,” he said.
On the other hand, Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Gregory Domingo, Former congressman Sigfrido Tinga and Pasig City Mayor Maribel Eusebio thanked Meralco's effort to curb dependence on oil and cut air pollution.
Petilla said the e-vehicle technology is something that the Filipino people need that could cut down fuel importation to 65%.
Petilla also admitted that the government needs to partner with the private sector in order to provide the necessary service to the people.
"We need to partner with the private sector. We wouldn’t succeed without their help”, he said.
DOE is currently partnering with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in a bid to roll-out 100,000 e-tricycles to local government units by 2016. (PNA)