Battery power seems to be the new it-thing in the automotive industry as General Motors and Ford, have laid down electric vehicle (EV) goals as far as 2035, or within 14-years time.
Ford made a substantial $22 billion USD investment in electric mobility. EV development was also kicked into high gear, and the company announced prior that up to 40% of all its vehicles will be electrified by 2030.
Meanwhile, GM is investing up to $27 billion USD into developing electric vehicles for its goal. The company also stated that up to 30 new plug-in models will be arriving by 2025, and all vehicle production will be electric by 2035.
Ford’s F-150 Lightning pickup truck was deemed a success by the American brand. The Ford Mustang Mach-e also outproduced the gas-guzzling Mustang in the United States as well. According to the brand. The F-150 Lightning performed beyond expectations, with 70,000 reservations within the first few weeks of its launch.
There are quite a few incentives for going with an electric vehicle. Nissan Philippines stated that their LEAF EV will not require oil changes throughout the course of its life. Only other specialized EV-related maintenance will be needed in addition to brakes, tires, and other non-powertrain associated consumables, but it’s not quite as intensive as the normal gasoline or diesel-powered vehicles—the manufacturer claims.
With more electric Fords and GM vehicles on the way, it’s unlikely that the Philippines will get a full EV range of vehicles right away. We’re still crossing our fingers and hoping for the Ford F-150 Lightning will come to the Philippines, and that whatever GM is cooking up will be exciting. That being said, without the proper infrastructure and incentives to back EVs up, it will be a while before we transition over to electric transport.