MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Energy (DOE) proposed the opening of government-sponsored charging stations for electric vehicles to encourage drivers to consider shifting to e-vehicles.

“Based on our studies, other jurisdictions were able to jumpstart that with government taking a more proactive role in having and offering free charging facilities, at least at the onset,” said DOE Director Patrick Aquino during a Senate hearing on Monday.

The Senate discussed various measures that aim to incentivize the shift to e-vehicles. Some of the bills tackled were Senate Bills No. 174 (Electric Vehicles and Charging Stations Act); No. 472 (Green Vehicles Incentives Act); and No. 479 (Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles Incentives Act).

The energy department said that it wants to incentivize the use of e-vehicles under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act.

Aquino further shared other incentives such as five-year registration, free parking, and exemption from number coding and other traffic management schemes. (HBGH/LMO)

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