Grab and BYD Cars Launch Pilot Study for EV Integration in Ride-Hailing

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Grab Philippines and BYD Cars Philippines Collaborate on Electric Vehicle Integration in Digital Ride-Hailing: A Pilot Study Towards Sustainable Urban Mobility

Grab Philippines and BYD Cars Philippines have started a one-month test study together. This is a big step toward green transportation. The main goal of this important project is to see if adding electric vehicles (EVs) to the digital ride-hailing app is possible.

Grab and BYD Cars Launch Pilot Study for EV Integration in Ride-Hailing
Grab and BYD Cars Launch Pilot Study for EV Integration in Ride-Hailing

A small group of Grab driver-partners will be carefully watched as they drive around city streets in the BYD Dolphin as part of the study. Electric vehicles (EVs) will be used as part of the Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS). The study will look into the operational and cost effects of this.

The partnership between Grab and BYD Cars Philippines aims to give important information to people in the transportation sector by looking at things like total distance traveled, battery efficiency, and how these things affect drivers' ability to make money and their general productivity. The goal is to set the stage for greener transportation options in digital ride-hailing while also looking into alternatives to standard fuel-powered vehicles that are both cost-effective and make the most money.

Head of Mobility at Grab Philippines, EJ Dela Vega, says, "Grab's plan to add low- or zero-emission vehicles to our fleet is deeply rooted in our commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2040." This pilot study will give us the information we need to come up with good ways to add electric cars to ride-hailing fleets, which will make the Philippines a better place for sustainable transportation.

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Based on the Grab ESG Report 2023, the top superapp in Southeast Asia has been able to cut CO2 emissions by 71,000 tCO2e by using low- and zero-emission transportation options. To get to sustainable mobility, though, important things like charging infrastructure, public knowledge and acceptance, and regulatory frameworks need to be carefully thought through.

Toti Zara, Head of Retail & Distribution at ACMobility, Ayala's arm for automotive and mobility infrastructure, is sure that the test study with Grab is a big step toward solving these problems. He thinks that working together is an important step toward making local ride-hailing electric.

The BYD Cars Philippines team trained a small group of Grab driver-partners in special skills so they were ready to use electric vehicles in the GrabCar service. The training covered a lot of different topics, such as how to plan and understand charging choices and the main differences between electric vehicles (EVs) and regular cars that use gasoline or diesel. The EVRO mobile app was also used to teach driver-partners how to find and use ACMobility's network of EV chargers.

Chairman of the LTFRB, Teofilo Guadiz, backed the EV pilot study in the TNVS sector, saying, "This pilot is a crucial step in our quest to understand the unique opportunities and challenges that come with adopting EVs in our country." It will give us useful information that will help us make smart, fair, and effective policies that promote sustainable urban transport while protecting the public's safety and comfort during commutes.

The EV test study will begin in BGC, Makati City, Pasay City, and Mandaluyong City, using the charging stations that are already in place in these cities.

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