BYD to supply 18 electric company vehicles in Manila
BYD has just delivered what BYD says is the largest local pure electric fleet of passenger vehicles to Manila Electric Company (Meralco) in Manila in the Philippines. The first 11 delivered electric vehicles included the T3 and the e2 models, and it is expected that BYD will finish delivering a total of 18 units in 2022.
Meralco is the largest electric power utility company in the Phillippines and has purchased the battery-electric vehicles for corporate use. This comes into line with the national governmental directive – called the the Comprehensive Roadmap on Electric Vehicles (CREV) – that requires any establishment that has parking spaces, to dedicate at least five per cent of the parking spaces to electric vehicles as well as to provide charging points for these.
This comes at a good time for BYD, which has been providing electric vehicles for the private passenger vehicle market in the Phillippines since 2013. BYD claims to now hold the leading position in the local market for electric cars, saying that they have a market share of over 80%.
“As the first NEV maker which has successfully entered the Philippines, BYD is very pleased to establish a partnership with Meralco,” said Benjamin Zhao, the General Manager of BYD Philippines Corp. “As a pioneer in the NEV industry, BYD has developed green business in four industries including automobiles, electronics, new energy, and rail transit. The electrification of transportation in the Philippines as a major car production hub in Southeast Asia is exciting. We hope for more opportunities to make sustainability a reality in daily life.”
For charging infrastructure, BYD says that Meralco is also installing 5 charging stations in “strategically located company facilities” across its franchise area.