Electric Cars in the Philippines

  • No Tailpipe Emissions
  • Minimal Maintenance
  • No More Refueling
  • FAST DEAL: You could win a Jetour Ice Cream EV just by banking with Maybank

    Jetour Philippines, in partnership with Maybank Philippines, will raffle off a Jetour Ice Cream mini electric vehicle (EV) on January 2024. Qualified Maybank deposit account holders will automatically receive raffle entries for a chance to win an Ice Cream, which is the grand prize in the "Maybank Transact 2 Win, Drive 2 Green Raffle Promo." Maybank customers must perform the following transactions from Oct. 15 to Dec. 31, 2023 to qualify: “We are continuously looking for ways to spread the joys

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    Oct 30, 2023

  • AutoFun Philippines Rearview Roundup: Chinese carmakers beware? Japan, Korea strike back

    It really is getting chillier. And the climate is likely to grow colder as the holidays draw near. November is just around the corner, as many of you may have noticed. But in the "Land of the Rising Sun," the automotive action has been hotter than ever because of the 2023 Japan Mobility Show (formerly called the “Tokyo Motor Show”). The rebrand is not a mere marketing exercise – Japan is gunning to stay ahead of the game in all forms of mobility. The stories from JMS, along with a new Korean bra

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    Oct 29, 2023

  • Top marks! BYD Dolphin EV gets 5-star ANCAP crash safety rating

    The Australian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) has tested the BYD Dolphin, giving the electric vehicle (EV) a 5-star safety rating. The ANCAP stays close to the Euro NCAP program in how it tests vehicles and its assessment process. There are four categories: adult occupant protection, child occupant protection, vulnerable road users and safety assist. Each of these categories comes with corresponding points, which total 170. The EV is also available in the Philippines in a similar specifica

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    Oct 26, 2023

  • 2023 JMS: The Toyota FT-3e concept is an edgy EV crossover from the future

    The Toyota FT-3e debuted at the 2023 Japan Mobility Show (JMS) on Oct. 25, 2023 as a new, edgy electric crossover. The concept electric vehicle (EV) takes on the brand’s more futuristic and angular styling that it envisions for its next generation of EVs. Aside from this, it has wide light bars and a “floating” roof spoiler that gives it a similar look to its cousin, the bZ4X crossover. The concept gets its name from the FT letters, which stand for “Future Toyota,” while the “3” indicates that i

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    Oct 25, 2023

  • What are the types of EVs?

    There are a wide variety of electric vehicles available in the market. One is the battery-electric vehicle, which has a battery pack that operates an electric motor for true zero tailpipe emission motoring.

    Then there’s the plug-in-hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), which is powered by both a gasoline engine and a battery pack. A PHEV allows you to charge the battery through an electrical outlet or with the gasoline engine. The battery pack is large enough to move the vehicle on electric power alone for a limited range.

    Finally, you can have a regular full-hybrid vehicle, where the engine alone recharges the batteries. With a hybrid, the electric motor and the engine function either alone or in tandem to move the vehicle.

  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of EVs?

    Electric vehicles are great for car owners who are conscious about the dizzyingly high price of fuel. The electricity needed to charge an EV costs considerably less than a full tank of fuel. EVs also produce fewer tailpipe emissions than regular cars because of their reliance on electric power.

    However, the time it takes to charge an EV, even with a DC fast-charger, is much longer than the time it takes to fill a fuel tank. In addition, trips in an EV must be planned carefully because of the Philippines’ fledgling EV charging network.

  • What are the incentives for buying EVs in Philippine?

    Buying an EV has become a lot more appealing following new government legislation. For one, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. issued an executive order that drops duties on imported EVs and spare parts to zero until 2028. This has led to a huge price drop for various battery EVs, putting them in the same price range as regular cars.

    Also, Republic Act 11697 or the “Electric Vehicle Industry Development Act” (EVIDA) provides non-fiscal incentives like number-coding exemption in Metro Manila and discounted vehicle registration fees until 2030.

  • Is it appropriate to buy EVs in Philippine?

    Under EVIDA, the Philippines is striving to integrate more EVs into its mobility network. The law also mandates the construction of EV-exclusive parking areas and charging stations for buildings old and new. The government is also mandating public and private vehicle fleets to transition to battery EVs within a set timeframe, along with targeting only the sale of brand-new EVs by 2040.
  • Buying an EV, what do I need to pay attention to?

    While buying an EV might be a noble and practical exercise, one must first consider the use case for an EV purchase. Consider the range of the EV you want to purchase along with its charging times.

    How far do you drive each day on the average? Do you have easy access to a charging facility or electric wall outlet? Are there any operational charging stations near by that you can take advantage of? Are you willing to change some aspects of your lifestyle and travel habits with an EV purchase? And finally, are you willing to adapt and learn the new technology that goes along with EV ownership. Knowing the answers to these questions will help you decide whether an EV is right for you.

  • What are the well-known brands of EVs recommended?

    There are many choices currently available in the market today when it comes to BEV, HEV and PHEV. Most affordable EVs are currently sourced from China through brands like BYD, Dongfeng, Foton, GWM, Jetour, Hongqi, Weltmeister, Wuling and soon BAW, MG and Omoda.

    The mainstream Japanese and Korean brands such as Honda, Mitsubishi, Toyota, Kia and Hyundai have their various BEV, PHEV and HEV offerings as well. Higher-end BEVs and Hybrids may also be sourced from Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, and Hongqi.

  • What are the tips for using EVs?

    Using an EV oftentimes involves a change of mindset. What was once a convenient practice of filling up with fuel in a nearby gas station with an ICE vehicle is not as easy with EVs. Urban EV use is not a problem as about 80% of EV charging is done at homes.

    Malls are also typical locations of EV charging stations. But for out of town drives, you must plan and study your route and destination to see how accessible charging is along the way. Always remember that the manufacturer claimed range is not always attainable due to driving habits and road conditions. A good rule of thumb is to work with only 80% of the published range of a vehicle to give yourself some leeway in planning your charging schedules.

  • What is the range of an electric vehicle worth buying?

    It actually depends on your usage. Knowing how far you drive each day on the average is a good place to start. With the decent choices available in the market now starting from 120 km all the way to more than 500 km, you can compute which vehicle would suit your needs. For strictly city use, and a little beyond, an EV with a range of 170 kilometers is good enough for starters.

    Make sure to take into account the current electricity rates. As of June 2023, Meralco currently charges ₱11.91 per kWh which means an additional strain on your electricity bill if you want to charge your EV at home.

  • Should I buy an EV or an ICE car?

    Buying an EV over an internal combustion engine vehicle will depend on your use case. If you aren’t near any EV charging stations and don’t want to go through the hassle of having to wait several hours for your vehicle to charge then its best to go with a gasoline or diesel powered car.

    However, if you are near an EV charging station with fast charging available then buying an EV may be suitable for you. Having a charging station near you can cut the time it will take to charge your EV and these charging stations are often free lessening the load they add to your electricity bill.

  • Are EVs durable?

    Like with any other vehicle manufactured today, EVs undergo rigorous testing by manufacturers before they are put out for sale. Depending on the brand, they will go through several crash safety test simulations and battery safety checks to ensure your safety in the event of a crash.

    Manufacturers will also stress test their battery packs under several extreme conditions, such as high temperature, low temperatures, and over charging. They will also test waterproof capabilities of their battery packs along with penetrative tests to ensure that the battery pack does not burst into flames in the event of a crash. The typical Philippine flood? Yes, they can handle those too.

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