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10th Philippine EV Summit

The ASEAN Center for Energy (ACE) and the Asian Federation of EV Associations (AFEVA) conducted a policy discussion at the 10th Philippine EV Summit last October 21, 2022 at the SMX Convention Center Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) supported the policy conversation as part of its new worldwide initiative to encourage the transition to electric mobility in low- and middle-income nations around the world.

The objective of the policy dialogue is to expedite the development of the EV market and industry in ASEAN by addressing regional and national challenges. The absence of policies on electric two- and three-wheeled vehicles and the retrofitting/conversion of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to electric were considered as two major regional challenges.

Mr. Edmund Araga, gave his welcome remarks. He emphasized the vital role that two- and three-wheeled vehicles play in ASEAN e-mobility. They present the greatest possibility for EV adoption and expansion of the EV industry in the region.

Ms. June Yeonju Jeong, Program Officer, Sustainable Mobility Unit, United Nations Environment Programme, highlighted UNEP's Global Electric Mobility Programme, which assists more than 50 low- and middle-income nations in their transition to electric vehicles. Pasig City LGU and the Philippine Postal Office implemented a demonstration project on electric two- and three-wheeler freight delivery vehicles in the Philippines.

Mr. Septia Buntara Supendi, Manager for Sustainable Energy, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Conservation of the ASEAN Center Energy (ACE) presented the ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation (APAEC) Phase II: 2021- 2025, Programme Area No 4: Energy Efficiency & Conservation.

This program aims to reduce energy intensity by 32% by 2025 and promote EE&C initiatives, particularly in transportation and industry. Under this program, the region is encouraged to adopt electric vehicles. Cooperation on the promotion of harmonized EV standards and technologies; networking within the region/member associations to promote joint ventures/collaboration of business entities; sharing of best practices and industry information; extending support and active participation in member associations' initiatives and projects; and facilitating student exchanges and university cooperation.

Two sessions were allotted to discuss the two major issues, respectively. Joining the panel discussions were Mr. Septia Buntara Supendi, Manager for Sustainable Energy, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Conservation ASEAN Center for Energy; Dr. Yossapong Laoonual, Honorary Chairman Electric Vehicle Association of Thailand; Mr. Krisda Utamote, President of Electric Vehicle Association of Thailand; Dato Dennis Chuah, President of Electric Vehicle Association of Malaysia; and Mr. Edmund Araga, President of Asian Federation EV Associations (AFEVA).

The first session discussed the situation of Electric two and three-wheelers in ASEAN with respect to market and policy. Dr. Manny Biona, Executive Director of the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines presented an overview of the state of play on electric two and three-wheelers in the ASEAN. The panel discussed the need to craft a policy with regard to technical regulations and standards with the respective ASEAN member countries as well as their harmonization at the regional level.

The second session was on the conversion of ICE powered vehicles to electric. Mr. Krisda Utamote, President of Electric Vehicle Association of Thailand presented the challenges and opportunities for conversion in the case of Thailand. Thailand’s national target to achieve 30% ZEV usage or around 225,000 units/year in 2025 is challenging. Despite of the market needs, certain BEV models are not yet available, especially for pickup trucks.

There are 40 million registered vehicles in Thailand. The target group of vehicle models for an EV conversion are the million pick-up trucks and the more than 10-year-old vehicles which are around 3.5 million units. Thailand's government through the state-run Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) plans to develop electric vehicles (EVs) by modifying used cars. Thai authorities are also in the process of allowing Electric converted vehicles to register. EVAP is also advocating for a policy on EV conversion to accelerate the adoption of electromobility in the Philippines.

Mr. Martin Knoss, Regional President of Power Train Solutions for ASEAN at Robert Bosch Automotive, discussed the company's EV technology and its collaboration with companies in the region.

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