DOE to release charges for EVs to guide consumers

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In an effort to guide the consumers of this emerging transport technology, the Department of Energy (DOE) is releasing the national average for respective rates of electricity vehicle charging stations (EVCS). 

In a report by the Manila Bulletin, The Republic Act 11697, or the Electric Vehicle Industry Development Act (EVIDA), and its associated regulations and guidelines have established individual fees for the EVCS.

As per the energy department, the charging fee is the price required for using the commercial charging stations. 

The published EVCS tariff of the DOE revealed that the charging costs for electric vehicles utilizing direct current (DC) technology have been established at Php 26.60 per kilowatt-hour (kWh), whereas the average fee for those using alternating current (AC) configuration is Php 27.85 per kWh.

Moreover, the fee for battery swapping stations (BSS), a facility where EV users are permitted to exchange their near-empty discharged battery with a fully charged battery, is Php 53.46 per kWh.

The DOE then conducted a detailed breakdown of the EVCS-AC charges revealing that the electricity fee accounted for the largest share of EVCS-AC charges at 40.8%. Other components included a service fee of 23.7%, a maintenance fee of 12.7%, an administrative fee of 12.1%, and the remaining 10.7% allocated for value-added tax (VAT).

In the case of EVCS-DC, the breakdown revealed that the electricity fee constituted 44.4%, with a service fee of 14%, maintenance fee at 19.1%, administrative fee at 11.8%, and VAT at 10.7%. Meanwhile, for BSS, the charges comprised a 39.6% electricity fee, a 49.7% service fee, and a 10.7% tax component.

As outlined in the policy, the formulation of the EV charging fee may take in different forms, including fixed fees, consumption fees, service-based fees, time-based fees, cashless payment, or a combination of suggested fees.