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In preparation for the upcoming launch of the EV charging solutions in Pasig City this June, the Pasig E-mobility Steering Committee, Clean Air Asia and project pilot partners had been meeting in Pasig City hall for a roundtable discussion to finalize the installation of four coin-operated EV charging pods and a solar charging network. The charging solutions to be piloted are expected to be launched on June 27 during the flag ceremony of the Pasig City Government employees

The charging infrastructure is set to be installed at the Pasig City Mega Parking Plaza 2. The charging pods will be stationed at the ground floor parking space of e-tricycles or e-trikes, while the solar panels will be placed at the rooftop. The pods which provide a total of eight charging ports will help expand the capacity of the already crowded charging infrastructure for light electric vehicles of the city. In turn, this will help accelerate the integration of electric 2- and 3-wheelers in the city's urban transport system. Meanwhile, the solar panels will directly supply energy to the building where the charging pods are also connected.

At the initial stage of the pilot project, the charging pods will be for the use of the local government’s e-trikes at no cost. Further plans to open the charging pods for public use will be discussed after the trial period of two months.

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Engineers from the Special Projects of the City Engineering Office discusses with the EV charging pod supplier representative on the appropriate height of the base of the pods to avoid flood-related issues. Representatives from Pasig Transport and Office of the General Services also provided advice on ensuring security of the location where the pods will be installed. 

The local government had also piloted 30 more electric 2- and 3-wheelers in 2019 which were repurposed to transport relief goods and household essentials at the height of pandemic in 2020. Later this year, electric quadricycles and flexible electric vans as well as a software booking app for managing the city’s fleet are also going to be piloted in the city.

To aid the testing of these electric mobility solutions, we are helping the city with this pilot through capacity-building activities. During the roundtable discussion, among the key skills gaps identified by the Pasig E-mobility Steering Committee include EV and battery maintenance and proper care, EV related fire safety and emergency response, fleet management using a software booking app. Among those that will be trained include e-trike drivers, operators, the fire safety responders, the various Pasig City government offices.

The initiatives in Pasig are supported by the following partners:  UN Environment Programme (UNEP) with the support of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) for the Integrating Electric 2- & 3-Wheelers into Existing Urban Transport Modes in Developing and Transitional Countries project; the CitieSWITCH to E-mobility Program of the UPS Foundation, and; the SOLUTIONSplus project funded by the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 funding framework.