Demand for e-vehicles in the country will rise if import duties are lowered and charging infrastructures are improved.
A reduction of 5 to 10 percentage points to the current 30-percent import duty would help in the price reduction of e-vehicles, Nissan Philippines president and managing director Atsushi Najima said.
“It’s a great help for us because… this difference can reduce the price,” he said in a virtual media roundtable as the Japanese carmaker Nissan launched its first full electric vehicle in the Philippines.
The company just introduced a battery-powered hatchback vehicle Sunday, and started receiving orders.
He said a fully charged imported Nissan Leaf can drive up to 311 kilometers, higher than the average of 50 kilometers driving within Metro Manila.
Najima said establishing more charging stations for e-vehicles across the country will help in building the confidence of consumers to buy e-vehicles.
Najima also called on e-vehicle companies to work together to develop charging infrastructure in the country.
“We don’t have to compete (with) the competitors. We need to probably work together, even (with) competitors, on how we can set up infrastructure, how we can get incentive or support from (the) government.
We continue to work with ourselves, to collaborate with PEZA (Philippine Economic Zone Authority), infrastructure suppliers, even with shopping malls, or entertainment companies,” he added.