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Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Coming Up

The Unioil Solar Hybrid charging station in Congressional Ave., Extension, Quezon City 

With the backdrop of Climate Change, the Philippines is finally catching up in the use of technologies that will further reduce its carbon footprint so as to do its part in reducing the increase of global temperature.

The use of electric vehicles will significantly reduce the carbon footprint created by the country since fossil fuels are the source of greenhouse gases. 

Currently, electric vehicles and hybrids are coming into the country and its use is spreading. Attendant to that is the need for refueling/recharging stations. This is already being addressed by an increasing number of participants. 

QEV  Philippines Electromobility Solutions and Consulting Group Inc., a Philippine startup has teamed up with SM Prime Holdings to provide recharging stations for electric vehicles. This is in line with QEV’s endeavor in advocating the use of electric jeepneys. A 15-minute recharge will enable the electric jeepneys to travel 150 kilometers. Other recharging stations will be located in SM Malls.

In another form of partnership, Meralco and Mitsubishi Motors Philippines will install recharging stations in the head of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Quezon City, the head office of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Makati City and 2 more at the regional offices of the DENR in Cebu and Davao.

Recently, Unioil Petroleum Philippines, Inc. (Unioil) opened its first charging station, the Unioil Solar Hybrid service station along Congressional Avenue Extension in Quezon City. This is in cooperation with Mitsubishi Motors Motor Phils., Inc. Two Mitsubishi vehicles, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV fully-electric vehicle and the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) were part of the demonstration during the opening.   

The charging station is equipped with the Smartflower TM Unit, one of the world’s leaders in smart solar energy solutions. The charging station is powered by solar panels.

Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation is also opening up its own charging stations in Metro Manila starting this December 2017. The initial number is 100 charging stations across Metro Manila. Pilipinas Shell projects that there will be 1 million electric vehicles across the country by 2020.

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