To openly discuss the effects of hybrid electric vehicles in the Philippines, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) held the Toyota Hybrid Electric Technology Conference today, May 29, 2019. The conference aims to promote the adoption of hybrids as the future of local transportation.
Among those in attendance was Rafaelita Aldaba, undersecretary for competitiveness and innovation of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), who discussed the government policy directions for the next generation of vehicles to be sold and operated in the country.
According to Aldaba, there are 4,362 registered electric vehicles and 19 charging stations in the Philippines as of December 2018. By 2022, the government’s target is to build 200 charging stations at SM malls and Shell outlets, as well as to deploy 10,000 electric jeepneys to service public-transport users.
The researcher-turned policy-maker presented a study conducted by Frost & Sullivan that showed 46% of Filipinos are open to buying EVs, citing ‘better safety standards,’ ‘charging flexibility,’ and ‘better range equal to a full tank’ as motivating factors for an EV purchase. In addition, 63% of buyers in the ASEAN region have range anxiety and safety concerns over EVs.
Aldaba further reiterated the existing government policies and programs that aim to entice consumers to purchase EVs and to give incentives to EV manufacturers and charging stations.
With these innovations and perks, would you consider a hybrid EV for your next brand-new car purchase?