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Will oil firms bite? Cusi envisions e-vehicles charging at gas stations

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How can Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso Cusi compel local giant oil companies to accommodate electric vehicles (e-vehicles) that need to charge rather than fuel up?

That crucial question remains even as Cusi moved for the creation of an ad hoc technical working group which would determine the suitability of gasoline stations as charging areas for e-vehicles.

“In preparation for the booming electric vehicle industry, I instructed the DOE’s Oil Industry Management Bureau and Energy Utilization Management Bureau to issue the necessary policies that will support the development of infrastructures complementing the e-vehicle industry, such as the availability of charging in gasoline stations,” said Cusi, who is also the vice chairman of ruling political party PDP-Laban.

“We are currently drafting a policy on the reclassification of gasoline stations according to standards which includes – the parking area, comfort rooms, CCTVs and even convenience stores, among others. We are also exploring the possibility of the integration of an electric vehicle charging area to the existing facilities of gasoline stations,” he added.

Obviously, electric-powered vehicles aren’t part of the oil companies’ customer chain and have nothing to contribute to them, business-wise.

It can even be argued that the ultimate purpose of e-vehicles is to one day phase out their fuel-chugging counterparts–meaning they could theoretically drive oil firms out of business.

“Apart from readying electric vehicle infrastructures, we also want to strengthen our gasoline stations’ consumer welfare and satisfaction through well-maintained and functional amenities within its premises,” Cusi further said.