Campaign for carbon neutrality in mobility gains ground
The Manila Times
THE shift to various forms of next-generation electric vehicles (xEVs) is rapidly accelerating in the Philippines, with the industry seeing the fastest adoption rates yet since the very first hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) was introduced commercially in the country in 2009. Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP), whose groundbreaking HEV Prius pioneered the electrification movement, is leading this shift with 95 percent of xEV users in the Philippines today driving an electrified model from its Toyota and Lexus lines. Based on the recent official figures from the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, as of end of June 2022, there are already 1,013 total xEVs sold in the market, surpassing the 2021 total volume of 843 and 2020’s 378. A total of 962 of the 2022 year-to-date sales are Toyota and Lexus models. Toyota and Lexus offer the widest range of HEVs in the country today with multiple variants across 10 models — Toyota’s Corolla Altis, Corolla Cross, Prius, Camry and RAV 4 plus, and Lexus’ IS, ES, LS, NX and RX. Toyota believes in multiple pathways toward gaining speed and scale in achieving carbon neutrality. Globally, Toyota offers a wide range of xEVs including HEVs, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, battery electric vehicles and the hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles, which are being rolled out to different regions based on the readiness of the market and infrastructure to power these vehicles with clean energy. TMP President Atsuhiro Okamoto welcomes this development as a good sign that the Philippines will soon be making significant contributions to one of the ultimate global goals of vehicle electrification, which is carbon neutrality or net-zero carbon dioxide emissions in transportation. “The positive impact of xEVs can only be observed once we achieve wide-scale adoption of these vehicles,” said Okamoto.