Cars influenced our social lives in a variety of ways, making our duties easier, quicker, and more comfortable. Having a car allows you to travel anywhere. If you need to go food shopping quickly, you don’t have to worry about the weather slowing down public transportation. Nowadays, people are highly invested to own a car for convenience while car enthusiasts would go more often for efficiency that would be better for the environment specifically electric cars. Electric cars in the Philippines are being rushed and put on the road by many companies in the country due to the rising energy prices and concern about climate change. Electric vehicles in the Philippines (EVs) are touted as one of the most efficient methods toward carbon neutrality and, in the long run, an escape route from soaring oil prices when compared to typical automobiles that use internal combustion engines.
The Philippine electric vehicle (e-vehicle) industry aspires to create a country in which the use of electric cars is strongly pushed, encouraged, and supported by the government and society to create a transportation landscape that is ecologically and economically sustainable. This means that electric cars in the Philippines are less expensive to maintain and more enjoyable to drive. In addition, The Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) intends to establish a national electric vehicle development program based on the current Motor Vehicle Development Program for the automotive sector. This will be implemented in four (4) stages over ten years. This would assist acknowledge that electric vehicles in the Philippines have the opportunity for expansion in the said country. To that end, the industry intends to undertake operational and regulatory changes, boost the automotive policy environment, close supply chain gaps, and execute market development initiatives.
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According to Albert II, Prince of Monaco, “Electric cars are the future.” To learn more about electric cars in the Philippines, let’s dive into the Top 6 Electric Vehicles Available in the Philippines.
- Clima Mobility
The newest member of the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP), has launched its first model. Engineer Adonis Lagangan, Clima Mobility’s creator, designed the Genius EV, the company’s flagship vehicle. Lagangan worked abroad to bootstrap and fund his firm without any assistance or money from international companies. He was ultimately able to finish creating Clima Mobility’s initial product after several years of hard effort. Clima Mobility is not only the cheapest electric car brand in the Philippines but also the first. The Genius EV, the company’s initial model, is primarily intended to replace the government’s fleet of police cars and service vehicles. It can drive up to 72 kilometers on a single charge of the battery and can be fully charged in four to five hours.
- Porsche Taycan
Porsche continues to pioneer high-performance electric-powered mobility in the Philippines with the debut of the new 2022 Porsche Taycan completely electric sports car, with the most recent version including various revolutionary features. The Porsche Taycan’s stunning proportions, ageless and instantly recognized appearance are perhaps its most promising aspect. The automobile has a roomy cabin and two baggage compartments for four passengers’ comfort and convenience. Following the revolutionary model’s record global sales, demand in the Philippines has also exceeded expectations, and the launch of an upgraded version is expected to boost the four-door sports car’s appeal even more.
- Jaguar I-Pace
The Jaguar I-Pace made its debut in the Philippines in 2018. Coventry Motors launched the new generation model virtually on July 7, 2020. The Jaguar I-Pace all-electric car is the brand’s first all-electric vehicle. The luxury crossover, which is set to revolutionize EV standards, distinguishes out among competitors in its sector. Its clever power distribution and charging technology propels the car industry into new territory in terms of design and innovation. As a result, Jaguar refers to the I-Pace as its smartest five-seater sports vehicle. It enables battery and interior temperature pre-conditioning via the infotainment system screen to guarantee a smooth journey. The gorgeous, handmade details on the Jaguar I-Pace reinforce the vehicle’s premium feel. The Jaguar design team was able to blend exquisite workmanship with substantial quantities of room and storage within the car’s interior thanks to the I-fully-electric PACE’s construction. It also touts its sports or performance seats, which come in a variety of materials and colors.
- BYD E6
The E6 is BYD’s potential pure-electric MPV, created as a response to the deteriorating climate caused by hazardous emissions. Being one of the world’s leading electric car manufacturers means not slacking on innovation, which is evident in the E6, from the appearance to the smallest aspects of the inside. It’s an electric vehicle designed for compact families. The five-seater BYD E6 comes in a single model with a single automatic gearbox. This vehicle’s other major specs are a 170-ground clearance and a 580-liter cargo capacity. The vehicle’s manufacturers say that it emits no emissions and delivers a quiet, comfortable, and simple drive.
- Nissan Leaf
The arrival of the Nissan LEAF in the Philippines was initially announced on July 22, 2019. The Japanese automaker hoped to introduce a vehicle that would stimulate the electrification of its fleet. Nissan’s electrified future begins with the LEAF, which is now available for purchase in the Philippine market last May 9, 2021. In terms of the lineup, Nissan only sells one LEAF version, one with a 40-kWh battery and motor combination. The Nissan Leaf’s manufacturers say that every time the pedal is pressed, the driver feels a “rush of immediate acceleration.” With Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies, this vehicle enables a smarter and safer trip to any location. The Nissan Leaf, like a smartphone, can be charged overnight. Simply connect it to a conventional 220V power supply with a dedicated socket. They could alternatively install a wall-box charger for speedier charging, but it will only last seven hours. In the Philippines, quick charging stations are also accessible in specific spots. Quick chargers can readily charge the Nissan Leaf to 80% in 40 minutes.
- Lexus RX 450h
The RX is Lexus’ well-known crossover SUV. Since its introduction, it has transported thousands of families in car-like elegance and luxury that no other crossover can match. Furthermore, the witness of Lexus’ unrivaled dependability made ownership a breeze throughout the years. Filipinos should enjoy the RX’s superb stunning appearance sporting the brand’s spindle grille as it competes for the Philippine market. Enjoy the sophistication and the comforts of ergonomic leather seats for five adults, as well as a baggage compartment that can be folded flat for greater convenience. Lexus Hybrid Driving has a smooth, perfect mix of electric power and petrol, resulting in an ecologically friendly, fuel-efficient drive built for the driver and passengers’ convenience and comfort. Unlike electric automobiles or plug-in hybrids, Lexus hybrid electric vehicles never require customers to connect to a power outlet or charge overnight; its battery may charge while the car is moving, slowing down, or braking.
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Electric vehicles in the Philippines provide ease and comfort to Filipinos due to their better effects on the environment. Luckily, the government is supportive of the industry by announcing that the EV bill is now law. Republic Act (RA) 11697, or the Electric Vehicle Industry Development Act, which outlines the government’s strategy for the regulation and development of electric cars (EV) in the nation, became law on Good Friday (April 15). The purpose of RA 11697 is to promote the industry as a “feasible mode of transportation to reduce reliance on fossil fuels,” as well as to govern “the manufacture, assembly, importation, construction, installation, maintenance, trade and utilization, research and development, and regulation of electric vehicles.” The bill was passed by both the Senate and the House of Representatives last year, but it was not received by the Office of the President until mid-March. A measure forwarded to the President for approval immediately becomes law if no action is taken after 30 days of receipt, according to Section 27 (1) of the Constitution.
Truly, the electric car industry is growing rapidly. Electric cars in the Philippines are so much more than just a pollution-free option. They can save you money, save you time and be more fun to drive. And if you own one, you can perfectly enjoy your driving and parking moments when you roam around BRIA Homes. BRIA Homes are one of the Philippines’ premier housing developers and are poised to offer affordable house-and-lot packages and condominium units closer to average Filipino families. Now, start your engines, get ready to explore more about us, and be updated on the latest news and property offerings you’ll surely love!
Written by: Jennifer Rose S. De la Cruz