QEV PHILIPPINES is looking to install 100 fast chargers in SM malls and another 100 in Shell branches, in line with its target of putting up 200 charging stations by 2022, its president said.

“At this point we are already working on the readying the first few sites, as we want the first 10 chargers installed [as soon as possible],” said Audrey D. Peñaranda, general manager of QEV Philippines Electromobility Solutions and Consulting Group, Inc.

She said the company is aiming to complete the first 50 charging stations within the first half of 2018.

In a previous interview, Ms. Peñaranda said QEV Philippines is technology company that is focused on building an ecosystem of electric chargers and electric vehicles, and bringing both together to develop a market.

At present, separate companies put up the charging stations and the electric vehicles, but not an ecosystem where both can thrive, she said. QEV Philippines’ parent, QEV Capital Pte. Ltd., is doing the same initiative globally.

On Monday, QEV Philippines said the SM mall chain had agreed to install around the country the ABB electric vehicle (EV) fast chargers that allow two separate charging protocols.

The agreement follows a similar deal it signed earlier this month with Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp., which agreed to install 100 pilot sites for the EV charging posts.

QEV Philippines said the ABB EV chargers will be able to charge EVs that are either on the CCS and Chademo protocol. While most European cars like BMW already have vehicles that charge with CCS, most Japanese branded-EVs such as Nissan and Mitsubishi make use of Chademo, added.

QEV Philippines is the joint venture between Filipino businessman Enrique M. Aboitiz and his Spanish business partner Enrique Bañuelos. – Victor V. Saulon