Only a few carmakers are currently selling hybrid vehicles in the Philippines since the cost of importing these is cost-prohibitive. You can actually count them with just one hand: Toyota (and Lexus), Mercedes-Benz and--next week--Honda. As for purely electric vehicles, there isn't even a single one officially sold on our shores. Then again, that may no longer be the case in the near future.
At yesterday's inauguration of Meralco's eVehicle Power Station, the company's senior vice president and customer retail services chief Alfredo Panlilio revealed that two carmakers--through their respective local distributors, of course--have signified their interest in bringing in their own electric vehicles: Chevrolet and Nissan. However, both carmakers reportedly reiterated that it would only happen if the Alternative Fuel Vehicles Incentives Act were passed into law.
This means we could soon see the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf on our streets.
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