On October 5, 2017, QEV Philippines, a partnership between Spanish businessmen Endika Aboitiz and Enrique Banuelos, signed a memorandum of agreement with Pilipinas Shell to put up the first electric vehicle fast charging infrastructure network in the country. Signing on behalf of Pilipinas Shell was Chief Executive Officer and President, Cesar G. Romero.
The agreement cites an initial 100 pilot sites for the EV charging posts. The charging posts will be supplied by ABB, the Swiss multinational company specializing in robotics power and automation technology areas. Today, ABB has installations of their EV charging posts all around Europe and in many parts of the world.
Electric vehicles have been around in the country, Philippines, since 2008. The country started with electric jeepneys that plied the Makati Green Route back in the industry’s inception. One of the main reasons for the slow uptake of electric vehicles has been the lack of supporting charging infrastructure. To address this, QEV has set its sights to establish the first EV charging infrastructure network in the Philippines.
In other parts of the world, Shell has already started its path to putting up electric vehicle charging stations, mainly in the Netherlands and Great Britain. With electric cars increasing in popularity and the fast transition of car fleets from combustion engines to electric, Shell is making the bold move to quickly adapt in an ever-changing automobile market.
QEV worldwide aims to promote a sustainable solution for healthier, cleaner cities by reducing the amount of carbon emissions in the air brought about by transportation. With the growing problem of climate change, QEV seeks to spearhead the green electromobility movement in emerging countries such as the Philippines.
The agreement was signed in the presence of Hon. Alfonso G. Cusi, Secretary of the Department of Energy, along with Usec. Jess Posadas and Asec. Gerardo Erguiza, Jr.
You come up with a better, safer vehicle for the public. Drivers will earn more so it’s a win-win for all.
–Alfonso G. Cusi, Secretary, Department of Energy
The first installations of the charging stations will happen in December 2017.