DOE and Shell collaborate to accelerate PHL’s transition to electric vehicles

The Department of Energy (DOE) on Thursday signed a trilateral Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. (PSPC), Shell Energy Philippines Inc. (SEPH) to help achieve a target penetration rate of 10 percent for electric vehicles (EVs) for road transportation by 2040.

Under the Memorandum of Understanding, signed by Energy Minister Rafael P.M. Lutella, PSPC President and CEO Lorelei Q. Osial, and SEPH President Bernd Krukenberg, a pilot study of electric vehicle charging stations (EVCs) to be powered by renewable energy (RE), such as solar, will be conduct it.

The parties will define the main components of the pilot project including the supply, installation, operation and maintenance of EVCs, monitoring and verification of energy efficiency, performance and savings through the use of renewable energy, and optimization of the use of cleaner energy.

The outputs of the pilot project will then be used as a reference for the Department of Energy to further develop programmes, policies and regulations for the adoption and sustainable and safe operation of e-centers incorporating the use of renewable energy.

Meanwhile, the data generated in this pilot project will serve as a benchmark for PSPC and SEPH to develop and deploy an EVC network at current and future Shell-branded mobility sites. Thus, the parties anticipate a high probability of more EVCs in the near future.

“These alternative opportunities can also put Shell at the forefront of its pursuit of sustainable and inclusive growth by adding a more compelling long-term vision for clean technologies and renewable energy investment to its portfolio,” said Lutella.

He added that this pledge will enhance the government’s implementation of the Electric Vehicle Industry Development Act (EVIDA) and Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) that were signed and approved in 2022, with a conducive environment for the adoption of electric vehicles and their supporting charging station infrastructure. and support the innovation of clean, sustainable and energy-saving technologies.

“I commend PSPC and SEPH for collaborating with the Department of Energy on this laudable undertaking — a sound demonstration of their intent to maximize value creation while contributing to global climate change mitigation,” said Lutella.

As of the end of 2021, there were about 9,000 registered electric vehicles, of which 378 are utility vehicles in the Philippines. Also, 327 charging stations have already been deployed across the country.

Meanwhile, the national plan for the electric vehicle industry will be released by the comprehensive roadmap for the electric vehicle industry by the end of the first quarter of this year after a series of nationwide public consultations.

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