Biggest EV summit returns this October

The Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP), together with the Manila Electric Company (Meralco), in partnership with the Department of Energy (DoE) and Nissan Philippines Inc., is hosting the 10th Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit (PEVS) at the SMX Convention Center Manila from 20 to 21 October 2022.

The country’s biggest annual EV conference and exhibition will mark its first physical staging after two years of the pandemic. The event will be staged through a combined in-person and virtual format focusing on promoting electric vehicles in the country. It brings together stakeholders across the EV value chain including policymakers, regulators, academe, consultants, transport companies, power utilities and end-users to engage in policy dialogue as well as long-term collaboration to drive the adoption of electric vehicles and deployment of the EV charging infrastructure.

To kick off the 10th PEVS, the EV Owners Society (EVOS) will be holding a motorcade in the morning of 20 October, showcasing the latest means of electric mobility around the Mall of Asia (MoA) Complex.

EVAP president, Edmund Araga said, “The event aims to showcase the EV industry’s solidarity in fulfilling the policy objectives of the Electric Vehicle Industry Development Act (EVIDA) or Republic Act No. 11697 which aims to incentivize the rapid adoption of electric vehicles and charging stations in the country.”

“In keeping with our President’s message for Filipinos to unite, our theme for the PEVS is aptly titled: “United in Driving Electromobility in Support of the Electric Vehicle Industry Development Act (EVIDA) or Republic Act No. 11697,” he added.

For him, they believe that generating demand for electric vehicles and encouraging investments in charging stations can help reduce the country’s economic vulnerability due to the country’s heavy dependence on oil imports, especially during these very challenging times.

The Electric Vehicle Industry Development Act – Implementing Rules and Regulations (EVIDA-IRRs) and the Comprehensive Roadmap for the Electric Vehicle Industry (CREVI), which is the much-anticipated national development plan for the EV industry to accelerate the development, commercialization and utilization of EVs, will be presented by the DoE during the event.

Araga continued that EVAP will also be unveiling a new logo during the event.

“This is the right time for us to rebrand to reflect EVAP’s vision of a modern and electrified road transport in the Philippines. We also wanted to reaffirm our commitment to advance the country’s transition to EV by advocating and supporting enabling policies, rules, and regulations to accelerate their deployment in the public and private sectors.”

The 10th PEVS will also recognize personalities and institutions advocating and promoting the adoption of electromobility in the local transportation sector through the conferment of the E-mobility Awards. In fact, President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. has been invited as the guest of honor and keynote speaker.

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