Press Release
November 11, 2010


Senator Edgardo J. Angara proposed the development and implementation of an electric vehicle program to create a Filipino electric vehicle consortium that could produce e-vehicles for the ASEAN market while lessening the country's dependence on imported fuel sources and lowering the nation's carbon footprint.

Angara said that a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) would be the ideal template for the electric vehicle consortium, pooling the efforts of private institutions backed by research and development from universities and government institutions.

The Congressional Commission on Science Technology and Engineering (COMSTE) included the development of Electric Vehicles and a Green Transport solution as one of the key priorities for 2011.

"We import roughly 96% of our petroleum, the majority of which is consumed by the growing transport sector. This same sector accounts for the biggest share of the energy use, nearing 40%," said Angara, who Chairs COMSTE.

"It has long been one of the goals of the government to become energy independent. I believe that this can be achieved by promoting innovative projects that can reduce our foreign dependence on fuel and at the same time create a less-polluted, environmentally friendly cities," noted Angara

Angara referred to a recent ADB study showed that Metro Manila ranks high among the megacities of Asia that have air quality problems, with a level of suspended particulate matter (SPM) that is more than double the standard of the World Health Organization. The DENR has also identified that 70% of air pollution in Metro Manila is from motor vehicles, "highlighting the need for a cleaner mode of transport," Angara said.

COMSTE has studied many programs that could help in addressing the energy and environmental issues of the transport sector. A specific target was the public utility jeepney, which accounts for nearly 70% of the public transport of metro manila.

Angara also noted that the use of electric jeepneys should not be limited to large cities, as their low carbon footprint would be beneficial in provinces and tourist areas. He cited comments from the chief technical specialist for renewable energy and energy efficiency at the World Bank and Nobel Peace Laureate Dr. Daniel Kammen, who recently declared that the electric jeepney, "has the greatest opportunity for carbon savings."

Angara said that COMSTE has initiated R&D efforts that would make e-vehicles more efficient, such as new battery monitoring circuits, new battery systems, LED lighting and system software that can monitor entire fleets of vehicles.

COMSTE has already submitted a proposal that would introduce the electric jeepney as the foremost mode of tourist transport around the province of Aurora. This initial undertaking will provide a blueprint for similar projects that could be easily replicated in other areas.

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