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UNDER the 2018-2040 Philippine Energy Plan, the country envisions that electric vehicles (EV) account for 10 percent of transport vehicles running on Philippine roads by the year 2040.

However, the Department of Energy (DOE) Director for Energy Utilization and Management Bureau Patrick Aquino said support infrastructure is one of the challenges that they need to hurdle to realize the plan’s goal.

Under the 2018-2040 Philippine Energy Plan, EVs are expected to account for 10 percent of road transport vehicles by 2040 in the clean energy scenario,” he said during the forum, “The Future of E-mobility Is Now,” which was held on the second day of the ABB Digital Summit.

The summit featured technology and emerging trends in building smart cities that are both sustainable and energy efficient.

But global technology leader ABB averred that it has the infrastructure to help the Philippines achieve its target of having EV ply Philippine roads in the future..,

Aquino was one of the resource speakers during the forum, along with Electronic Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) president Edmund Araga and ABB Product Marketing Specialist Engr. Ace Bisnar.

ABB Asia Pacific Manager for Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Kumail Rashid also joined the event and answered questions from summit attendees and interested guests.

ABB, over the years, has been leading the way to a zero-emission mobility future. It has developed electrification solutions from EV chargers for the home to fast-charging roadside stations.

It said they also offer electrical distribution solutions and battery energy storage systems — infrastructure that are essential to enabling an e-mobility future.

Bisnar told that ABB can provide remote support to monitor EV chargers in different areas.

It’s not just putting the EV charger on the area, but also making sure that it is working 100 percent,” he said.

Latest data shows that the transition to EVs from conventional vehicles has been slow so far. Aquino shared that from 2010 to 2019, only 11,950 EVs were registered, accounting for a mere 0.09 percent of registered vehicles in the country.

This is why organizations such as the EVAP are closely working with the government and other sectors to further e-mobility in the country.

We never stop promoting, and continue sustaining its ground,” Araga said during the summit.

This is the first time that ABB Philippines has staged the ABB Digital Summit, a four-day online event that featured global speakers from ABB, with special guest resource persons from different organizations and associations

The event was held by ABB together with the European Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines (ECCP), Energy Managers Professionals Association in the Philippines (EMPAP), Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers of the Philippines (IIEE), Philippine Energy Efficiency Alliance (PE2) and the Philippine Green Building Council (PGBC).

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