Phillipines and Loas Getting Ready for Influx of 100,000-Plus Electric Vehicles
Both the Philippines and Laos are ready to join the electric vehicle bandwagon.
In the Philippines, electric trikes will begin to replace the gas-burning ones currently used as taxis. These trike taxis are “widely used for share-rides by ordinary people for transportation over short distance,” says The Japan News.
The Philippines plans to invest approximately $500 million by 2017 to replace roughly 100,000 of the nation’s gas-fueled taxis. 100,000 is just a start though, as the Philippines is home to an estimated 3.5 million gas-burning trikes/taxis.
Meanwhile, in Laos, the government is “implementing a project to convert 40 percent of the nation’s motorcycles, tricycles and four-wheel vehicles into EVs by 2020 with the cooperation of the Japan International Cooperation Agency,” according to The Japan News.