Philippines Sets EV Target at 1 Million on the Road by 2020


At the 3rd Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit held on Thursday, February 27, an electric vehicle target for 2020 was announced: 1 million

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As in, one million EVs are targeted to be on the roads of the Philippines by 2020.

The goal may seem unexpectedly high, but one must remember that in the Philippines, any battery powered type of transport is considered an EV.

For example, trikes, bikes and scooters will, without a doubt, make up the vast majority of that 1 million EV target.

As The Rappler reports:

“The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Department of Energy (DOE) are about to finalize a project to replace 200,000 conventional tricycles with electric versions. The 5-year project will see to it that 100,000 electric tricycles or e-trikes will be used all over the country by the end of 2017.”

Rommel Juan, president of the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines, stated:

“The Philippines is at the center right now. We can be the hub for electric vehicle production in the region.”

“It’s not impossible because this includes two-wheelers like electric bikes, electric motorcycles, 3-wheelers like electric tricycles, and the e-jeepneys.”

Regardless of the form, 1 million EVs is still a worthy target.  Does it really matter if they’re trikes or bikes?

Source: The Rappler

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Big Solar

Do these small countries and Islands usually have plans to add lots of renewables to their grid to make up for charging all the electric vehicles or just run the coal/nuke/etc plants harder?


Many islands in the Philippines use hydroelectric power.

Either way, it’s still going to be better for the city center not having so many diesel-powered Jeepneys and taxis spewing fumes into the air. It’s really bad. Not China bad, but still really bad.


Oh, and as per the government’s plans… they spend their time planning for re-election. Let’s just say their economy can’t afford their corruption levels quite like some other countries.

Here is their current mix (MW): BioMass 11.5 Coal 4256.8 Diesel 85.9 Geo 2856.3 Hydro 2824.72 NatGas 2700 Solar 1.1 Wind 24.75 They have a nuke plant but they don’t use it. They have 904 MW of capacity either approved or under construction. 300 of that is coal and 414 is from natural gas. House wiring is usually 220/240. Electricity is very expensive relative to incomes, but about the same price we pay in the US. Gas is significantly more expensive. But it gets them farther due to the lack of pollution controls and the low vehicle-to-human-body weight ratio (I have seen 5+ people on top of some TINY motors!). Walking around there it is easy to notice that their pollution issues have a lot to do with tailpipe emissions and trash burning. They appear to have no regulations (vehicle inspections, catalytic converters, fines for burning, etc.). The country is SO densely populated. People don’t usually commute very long distances, yet it still takes forever to get anywhere due to traffic. There is almost no cruising; just idling at stops (feels like the majority of the time or more), accelerating or decelerating. The Philippines has EV written all over it.… Read more »

I just read that almost all the hydro is produced and consumed in the southern islands, where the population density isn’t nearly as bad as it is in the north:

Luzon=North (Manila)
Visaya=Middle (where the super typhoon hit)
Mindanao=South (where the most beautiful beaches and the Abu Sayaf terrorists are)


My work place has more solar power than the entire nation of this island nation full of solar energy potential….





Those would be perfect.