The future is electric, and it seems that our government is aware of the need for more sustainable transport in the future.
Today, the Department of Energy and the Japanese Embassy of the Philippines will present four electric vehicles to the Office of the President (OP) and the Department of Science Technology - Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD).
The vehicles are part of a donation from the Japanese government given to help relief efforts after Typhoon Yolanda. The OP and the DOST-PCIEERD will receive two vehicles each: one plug-in hybrid, and a fully electric unit. They'll be the first such vehicles to be used for demonstration and testing by our national agencies. Previously, Philippine National Police precincts in Region 8, along with other national agencies, have received similar vehicles.
We hope these EVs are put to good use. Considering Metro Manila's poor air quality, we welcome any mode of transport that doesn't belch smoke in our faces. Your average EV might not be as exciting to drive as a naturally aspirated model, but we all need to think about our carbon footprint.