We all know that the Department of Energy is the one coming up with an officially Recognized EV List, right? You know, the list that includes all the “electric vehicles” that are exempted from the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) AKA Coding? Earlier this month they published such a list on their social media page, and guess what? Mild hybrids are not in it.
Mild Hybrids not part of the DOE’s most recent Recognized EV List
The Recognized EV List(s) you will see below were posted on the Department of Energy Philippines’ Facebook page on August 4, 2023. The purpose of this list is to officially line up all the electric vehicles that will be exempted from Coding. We can remember that the MMDA recently asked for this list 216 to disseminate information to their enforcers so as not to pull over those who are rightfully exempted from the Coding scheme.
This exemption has been a very big draw for vehicle manufacturers in pushing their products, mild hybrids included. Many of these said manufacturers have confirmed – at least from their end – that some of their mild hybrid models will not be pulled over, but the latest list of the DOE begs to differ because there is not a single mild hybrid model from any brand that is included.
Per the DOE’s definition, “Electric Vehicles (EVs) refer to vehicles with at least one (1) electric drive for vehicle propulsion”. Mild hybrids operate very differently in that it has a battery, but the battery itself does not power any motor to propel the vehicle. It merely acts as a secondary alternator that provides electrical power for the vehicle’s functions while the engine automatically turns on and off as it stops and goes.
The Implementing Rules and Regulations of the EVIDA state that a vehicle must have a system, powered electrically, that is capable of moving/mobilizing a vehicle. Mild hybrids, as we have described, do not have this ability or functionality.
As it stands, the Recognized EV List is already quite extensive, but with this update, where does it leave those who have already bought mild hybrids and those who are considering them for the purpose of Coding exemption? We reckon that the list will still get a good deal of updates in the (near) future, but for now, those in this Recognized EV List will likely be the only ones honored by traffic and law enforcers as far as Coding rules go.
Of course, we’re hoping that mild hybrids 593 will be included in the future, too. Wishful thinking? We’ll all just have to wait and see.