The 3rd Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit

The 3rd Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit was held from 27 to 28 February 2014 at the MERALCO Multi-Purpose Hall, Ortigas, Pasig City. Key players from the local electric vehicle industry as well as Senator Bam Aquino graced the event. Our team was part of the organizing committee.

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Electric vehicles are seen as the environmental-friendly alternative to gas-powered vehicles as they do not use fossil fuels and thus do not excrete smoke. They are also powered through geothermal and hydropower plants and even solar-powered chargers. A tropical country like the Philippines need electric vehicles to reduce air pollution and high temperatures in the cities. There just has to be a concerted effort between the private sector (EV manufacturers and distributors) and the public sector (concerned implementing bodies) to make it happen.

What struck me about the summit was that several of the speakers were women. Interestingly, electric cars were initially manufactured and marketed to women at the turn of the 19th century because it wasn’t noisy and would fit women’s perceived prim and proper image. Electric vehicles have also come far from being vehicles borne out of gender discrimination. If I go by the presence of women leaders in the summit, then it looks like that it’s an automobile industry wherein women would feel comfortable engaging in, as the discussions concern the environment and thus are gender-neutral.

The electric vehicle industry is an industry that seeks to expand small-business livelihood opportunities through widened use as a public transport, includes both men and women and could even involve the youth, and is very friendly to the environment. It is a sustains better social, environmental and business systems and so I’m hoping to see it flourish in the coming years.


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4 responses to “The 3rd Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit

  1. yvoone

    Thank you for the article and for stressing the women’s role in this industry. Yes, we have a role to play here and the EV history in the Philippines showed how that the first EV projects were handled by women. Athena Ronquillo Ballesteros formerly of Greenpeace Philippines, initiated the project and under my watch the first E Jeepney project was launched in Makati.


  2. Tony

    Do you have more photos for the event? Thanks


  3. Hi Ms. Yvonne! Wow it’s interesting to know that women helped first launch the use of EVs here. That’s truly remarkable! I hope that more women would be involved in this movement because it concerns the well-being of everyone, most especially their children now and children of the future, of whom they will nurture and hone to be environment-loving individuals.

    Thanks for reading my article!


  4. Hi Tony, yes we do. You can view these photos via the Talespin Facebook Page: We’ll post more photos there soon.

    Thanks for visiting my blog!


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