Govt urged to enhance EV charging infrastructure

Gas stations can serve as charging stations for e-vehicles, DOE says

As the government expands tax incentives to include two- and three-wheeled electric vehicles (EVs), the Philippines needs to enhance its charging infrastructure.

In a report by BusinessMirror, CitizenWatch Philippines Co-convenor Christopher Belmonte emphasized that an inclusive EV policy requires the government to incentivize the creation of a nationwide network of EV charging stations in both public and private areas.

He suggested collaboration between the government and the private sector to develop accessible EV charging infrastructure, including parking spaces and residential areas.

Belmonte emphasized that utilities like MERALCO in Metro Manila should take part in upgrading the country’s power infrastructure to support EV readiness. He also underscored the need for prompt implementation of the expanded Executive Order 12 on EV importation to avoid further delays.

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) recently expanded the government’s tax incentives under Executive Order 12 to include two and three-wheeled electric vehicles (EVs) to strengthen the electric vehicle industry, accelerate the transition to green technologies, and encourage the adoption of environmentally friendly transportation.

Victor Andres Manhit, President of the Stratbase Institute, welcomed the inclusion of e-motorcycles in the list of EVs eligible for temporary import tax breaks, highlighting that this responsive policy would make electric-powered vehicles more accessible to the public, particularly those who rely on motorcycles for daily commutes and livelihood activities.

The expansion of Executive Order 12 is especially important due to the high prevalence of motorcycles in the Philippines.

According to Statista, there were 7.81 million registered motorcycles in the country in 2022, making them the most popular vehicle type. This widespread use, coupled with inadequate public transportation and worsening traffic, highlights the potential impact of this policy on reducing carbon emissions.

Manhit noted that resolving the policy gap of EO 12 would make the extensive use of EVs a major factor in reducing carbon emissions and pollutants that pose serious health risks and exacerbate global warming.

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