Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri is calling on Malacañang to remove the duties and taxes on imported electric vehicles.
"The President can allow CAMPI (Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, Inc) to import these electric vehicles tax-free in order to sell it at lower prices,” Zubiri said.
Zubiri noted that since electric cars and jeepneys don't consume any fossil fuel, these vehicles can help clean Metro Manila's air "as they have zero emission and therefore cause zero pollution."
Zubiri also pointed out that electric jeepneys (or e-jeeps) are already available in the country as five-kilowatt models although manufacturers are planning to come out with a 7.5-kilowatt variant that can travel from Metro Manila to as far as Tagaytay or even Baguio.
"Although e-cars cost as much as luxury vehicles, removing import taxes and duties on green cars will make them affordable to the public and encourage the use of environment-friendly modes of transportation," Zubiri added.
Zubiri is the chairman of the Senate committee on environment and natural resources.
Do you see yourself buying an electric car if ever the government decides that these can be imported tax- and duty-free?