June 19, 2018, 4:35 pm
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PH EV group joins exhibit in Korea, meets trade ministry

REPRESENTATIVES of the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) headed by Chairman Ferdi Raquelsantos, President Rommel T. Juan and VP Edmond Araga went to Jeju, Korea to attend the 5th International Electric Vehicle Expo earlier this May. Jeju is touted to be the world’s first carbon-free island. The expo is one of the largest international EV events in the world. Taking advantage of the visit, together with high-level Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) officials Usec. Perry Rodolfo, Board of Investments Executive Director Corieh Dichosa, Asec. Fita Aldaba and Commercial Counselor Jojie Dinsay, the EVAP executives also met with representatives of the Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) in Seoul, Korea. The International Electric Vehicle Expo was attended by EV specialists from around the globe and coincided with the annual meeting of the Global Electric Vehicle Association Network headed by its Chairman Dea-hwan Kim. Resource persons from different countries who led in the push for EV applications in their respective countries were present at the event to update everyone of the status and level of EV applications at their domestic markets. Speakers from the Danish EV Association, Electric Vehicle Association of Thailand, Korean Electric Power Corporation and Easy Mile of France led the first day of presentations. On the second day, EVAP President Juan moderated the forum among ten EV heads from ASEAN countries. Through this event, the representatives of EVAP were able to network with other EV enthusiasts and players across the globe, exchange best practices with them and look for possible joint venture partners and suppliers of EV parts and components. Juan explains that Korea has a very vibrant EV industry and Jeju is the perfect venue because the island itself is almost carbon free. “We were glad to benchmark with the best practices around the world and we hope to implement the EV policies we have learned in the Philippines as well. This augurs well for us as EVAP prepares to hold its own annual EV Summit on July 10 and 11, 2018 at the SMX Exhibition Center at the Mall of Asia, Pasay City”. For the visit to the MOTIE, on top of the agenda was how Korea, being more advanced in EV technology, can support the Philippines in its EV industry given that the current ongoing PUV Modernization Program of the government is looking at electric jeepneys as one option for the modernization and upgrading of old, dilapidated PUVs, specifically jeepneys. These PUVs are mostly made using surplus diesel engines and other used parts and components from Japan. The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the DTI through the modernization program aims to upgrade some 200,000 PUVs over the next six years that are more than the maximum allowable 15 years of age. They are intended to be replaced with the modern PUVs that are powered by either brand-new Euro 4 compliant diesel engines or electric motors. Considering its current manufacturing capability and state of the domestic EV industry, EVAP is targeting only about 10 percent of this volume or 20,000 units over the next six years. Points that were discussed were the safety and quality control systems of Korea that we could possibly adapt, the EV Industry in the Philippines, the EV policies of the Philippines and a discussion on how the two countries can possibly collaborate to achieve the goals of PUV Modernization Program of the Philippines within the Duterte administration. The Philippines also suggested cooperation with Korea in the joint conduct of a market feasibility study on EV to include safety standards, regulations, and financing. “We know that our government is very supportive of this sunrise industry and we just need reliable EV technology, parts and components to use in the PUVM Program of the government. These are things that Korea has,” Juan commented. Usec. Rodolfo led the Philippine side at the discussions while Asec. Aldaba presented the current state of the EV industry in the Philippines amidst the phenomenal economic boom that the country is experiencing right now. The Philippines continues to maintain its GDP growth of 6.8% and has invested heavily in its Build! Build! Build! Program to improve its infrastructure to support and sustain the economic performance.
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