To improve public transportation in the country and reduce air pollution, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is inserting funding for electric-powered vehicle projects.

The government organization has invested over P321 million in these e-mobility innovations, which it says is one of the solutions they’re focusing on to address problems in PH’s transportation sector. 

According to DOST, it’s planning to create an ecosystem of electricity-powered vehicles in the country. 

Executive director of the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) Dr. Enrico Paringit is urging the public to support their vision and contribute to boosting financing for e-mobility research and development.

Paringit also underscored the significance of adopting research-based technologies like e-vehicles in the transportation industry, which have been found to be 40% lower in cost compared to traditional gasoline-powered vehicles. 

In a recent virtual conference, DOST announced 16 e-mobility initiatives for the country’s transport industry: 

  • E-Mobility R & D Center: This will be the country’s first e-trike center which will be built in Cagayan. It involves three projects: Project 1: Design, Development, and Fabrication of the E-Trike’s Different Parts and Assemblies; Project 2: Design, Fabrication, and Testing of a Locally Developed E-Trike’s Electrical and Electronic Systems; and Project 3: Viability Study of Conversion of Conventional Tricycle To E-Trike
  • Intelligent Electric Transportation Systems: The DOST is supporting the development of automobiles made from locally available materials and designed and manufactured by Filipino engineers. This includes the Hybrid Electric Train (HET) and the Hybrid Electric Road Train (HERT). Three more projects are under this initiative: Project 1: Ad-Hoc Vehicle Infrastructure Cooperative Environment; Project 2: Emocion: Electric Mobility and Charging Infrastructure Operating as a Network; Project 3: E-Trike Deployment and Utilization Investigation
  • Charging in Minutes (CharM): The Charging in Minutes project, commonly known as “CharM,” aims to reduce the charging time of electric vehicles. This fast-charging system can fully charge electric automobiles in 30 minutes, a huge jump from the usual charging time of 4 to 6 hours of traditional e-vehicles. The capabilities of the CharM are crucial in aiding the country’s development of a more flexible and ecologically friendly mass transportation system.
  • 23-seater Electric Jeepney (E-Jeepney): Design, Development, Demonstration, and Business Planning of a Flexible Electric Van (Flev) for Logistics and Passenger Transport
  • Safe, Efficient, and Sustainable Solar-Assisted Plug-In Electric Boat (Sessy E-Boat)
  • Design of a Modular Stator, Segmented Rotor Switched Reluctance Motor
  • Fabrication of Aluminum-Air Reactor Battery
  • NICER R&D Center for Advanced Batteries: This is one of the most well-known new R&D centers, which will collaborate with host universities to develop strong R&D capabilities in the region. Three additional projects are listed under this:
  1. NextGen: Advanced Cathode Materials for Next-Generation Batteries
  2. REBCell: NiFe High Energy Density Batteries
  3. ALAB-EU: Advanced Lead-Acid Batteries

Paringit said e-vehicles are cheaper to maintain since the batteries used for it has fewer moving parts compared to traditional cars. He notes that electric cars are also more environment-friendly as it doesn’t emit harmful gas. 

Paringit believes that e-mobility solutions will help alleviate PH’s energy challenges as it transitions to renewable sources of energy. 

“DOST-PCIEERD welcomes the public to join us in speeding up the country’s transition to e-mobility as a pioneer and partner in facilitating innovations,” he shared.

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