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MANILA – The Department of Energy (DOE) said the government aims to issue the Comprehensive Roadmap for the Electric Vehicle Industry (CREVI) by first quarter of next year.

In a statement Friday, DOE said it is in close coordination with the Department of Transportation and the Department of Trade and Industry for the development of the blueprint which aims to promote the use of e-vehicles in the country.

“This will provide an annual work plan to accelerate the development, commercialization, and utilization of EVs in the country,” the DOE said.

During the 10th Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit at SMX Convention Center in Pasay City from Oct. 20 to 21, DOE Secretary Raphael Lotilla said the government was putting in place policies that would further develop the local e-vehicle industry.

Lotilla said that aside from the issuance of the CREVI in 2023, the government has released the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Republic Act 11697, or the Electric Vehicle Industry Development Act (EVIDA).

He said the country has around 9,000 registered e-vehicles and 300 charging stations nationwide.

He added the utilization of e-vehicles will be an alternative fuel for the transport sector amid the volatile oil prices in the world market. (PNA)