The Philippine Trade and Investment Centre in Beijing in coordination with the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) will be embarking on a business mission to China in line with its aim to integrate Philippine firms in the the global electric vehicle value chain, initially with bicycles and e-bicycles.

According to PTIC Beijing Commercial Counselor Christine dela Cruz, the business mission to China will take place from Oct. 19 to 24. PTIC Beijing identified electric vehicles (EVs) as its focus sector for investment promotion. Since 2013, Commercial Counsellor dela Cruz has been actively reaching out and networking with related business associations and private companies in China engaged in the promotion, supply and manufacture of electric vehicles (EVs) not limited to 4-wheels, but also including 2 and 3 wheel EVs i.e., e-bikes (pedelec), e-scooter, e-tricycles (for local PHL manufacturing).

The program includes visits to manufacturing plants of EV-related parts and components, meet with municipal governments and bike and e-bike program operators as well as learn about China’s top three bike friendly cities Shanghai, Hangzhou and Beijing. EVAP President Rommel Juan hopes to develop Philippine bikes and e-bikes by integrating local parts and accessories manufacturers, assemblers in the global value chain with cost-effective international manufacturers like China. Juan adds that the country has the potential to export bike, e-bike and other EV parts and components in the long term given its existing electronics and semiconductor supply chain. EVAP president Rommel Juan said the group is set to sign a memorandum of agreement with the China Bicycle Association during the visit to undertake programs that would encourage utilization of alternative transportation in the form of electric vehicles not limited to bikes and e-bikes in the country. As sharing schemes have worked in other parts of the world, the EVAP wants to undertake similar programs. EVAP is pushing for the use of EVs in the country noting that such are eco-friendly and provide efficient transport. Under its roadmap, the EVAP is looking to grow the local production of EVs (ejeepneys) to an average of 11 to 13 percent per year to hit 69,145 units by 2017. The group is also aiming for domestic EV sales to reach P4.44 billion by 2016 from P214.2 million this year.