The country’s distributor of Hyundai vehicles, HARI joins fellow advocates of the newly-formed EV Owners Society to fire up interest in electric mobility in the country.
The EV Owners Society, the sub-group of electric vehicle owners formed by the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (eVAP), aims to bring together private EV owners and other industry stakeholders to discuss and advance the future of the local EV market.
Society Adviser and current eVAP President Edmund Araga underscored the group’s important role in promoting sustainable mobility in the country, while Society President and Philippine Parts Maker Association (PPMA) President Ferdi Raquelsantos assured everyone that EVs are exempt from the new DTI safeguard measures on vehicle imports.
“We welcome and support this development,” said HARI President and CEO Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo. “It’s been a long time coming. Globally, Hyundai has been leading the charge in commercializing new energy vehicles, while HARI is one of the first local car companies to introduce EVs to the Philippine market.”
HARI debuted the full electric variants of the IONIQ hatchback and the Kona crossover at the 2019 Manila International Auto Show.
In August 2020, Hyundai Motor Company launched the IONIQ sub-brand for its line of customer-centric electric vehicles.