Gov’t seeks public consultation on electric vehicles

The Department of Energy is seeking pitches from public stakeholders to aid in crafting the blueprint for a comprehensive and coordinated policy direction to accelerate the development, commercialization and utilization of electric vehicles.

The DoE will hold a series of public consultations from 19 to 31 August to ensure that the implementing rules and regulations of the Electric Vehicle Industry Development Act under Republic Act No. 11697 will uphold the people’s interests.

“As we transition to a sustainable low-carbon future, this is the right time to sit down together and gather our thoughts and ideas to help the transportation sector reduce its dependence on imported oil, especially amidst the volatility of fuel prices,” Energy Utilization Management Bureau director Patrick T. Aquino said.

“It is also expected that with the mass adoption of EVs, a new industry will blossom, high-value jobs will be generated and more investments will come in,” he added.

As per Section 30 of the EVIDA, the DoE, along with the Department of Transportation and other relevant national government agencies, should develop an IRR of the law. The promulgation of the EVIDA-IRR is scheduled on 8 September.

The EVIDA wants to incentivize the adoption of electric vehicles and charging stations in the country.

It mandates a five percent EV share in corporate and government fleets, provision of dedicated parking slots, installation of charging stations in parking lots and gasoline stations, and green routes. Likewise, it requires the provision of fiscal and non-fiscal incentives for EV manufacturing and the importation of charging stations.

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