The Department of Energy said Friday it expects 2,454,200 electric vehicles, including cars, tricycles, motorcycles and buses to roll out from 2023 to 2028.
It also anticipates the installation of 65,000 EV charging stations nationwide during the period.
The DOE said in a statement it would push for additional 1,851,500 EVs and 42,000 EVCs for the medium-term, from 2029 to 2034.
Under the long-term period or from 2034 to 2040, 2,001,600 EVs would be added along with 40,000 EVCs.
“These actions are consistent with EVIDA’s [Electric Vehicle Industry Act] thrust of creating an enabling environment for the development of the EV industry in the country,” the DOE said.
The Philippines had 9,000 registered EVs, including 378 public utility vehicles and 327 EVCs as of end-2021.
“The shift to EVs is expected to reduce the country’s dependence on imported fuel and to promote cleaner and energy efficient transport technologies. With the CREVI, the DOE expects to attract more investments,” it said.
The DOE said would conduct a series of nationwide public consultations from March 20 to 23, 2023. The agenda items include the presentation of CREVI and the three other EV-related department circulars such as the guidelines for the accreditation of EVCs , the unbundling of the EVCs fee and the recognition and adoption of EV standard classification on road transport for incentive eligibility.
The agency is pushing for an increase in the rollout of EVs in the country to 10 percent from the original 5 percent mandated under the EVIDA or Republic Act No 11697.
It is also batting for a faster and broader commercial scale rollout of EVs once the CREVI is approved, as the 10 percent EV roll out under the clean energy scenario will be increased to 50 percent by 2040.
The department signed a tripartite memorandum of agreement with the Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. and Shell Energy Philippines Inc. to conduct a pilot study on EVCs powered by renewable energy such as solar.
The pilot project’s key components include supply, installation, operation and maintenance of EVCs, monitoring and verification of energy efficiency, performance and savings through the utilization of RE and optimization of the use of cleaner energy.
The pilot project outputs will be used as a reference for the DOE to develop programs, policies and regulations for the sustainable and safe adoption and operation of EVCs involving the use of RE.
Data generated from the pilot project will serve as a benchmark for PSPC and SEPH to develop and roll out the EVC network in existing and future Shell-branded mobility sites.