Electric vehicles (or e-mobility more broadly) is an important tool Asian countries can employ to help fulfill numerous goals, including greenhouse gas emissions targets, local air quality goals, mobility objectives, energy security, and transportation resiliency. In fact, electrifying transport is a promising pathway to achieving clean energy transitions in the transport sector at-scale. As transport electrifies, traditionally siloed electricity, transport, and building sectors interact in unprecedented ways, creating technical, institutional, and economic opportunities. While e-mobility scale-up goals and strategies are in place in many Asian nations, there are many challenges and barriers in the region. Understanding the foundational elements that undergird effective electric vehicle (EV) deployment is critical for power and transportation sector decision makers in Asia.

This workshop explores how to plan, implement, and scale electric vehicle deployment in Asia based on international best practices and on-the-ground experience. It will explore how key topics such as data management, Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) standards, targets and incentives, tariff design, workforce development, charging infrastructure, and grid planning and management are crucial to accelerating inclusive, resilient, sustainable e-mobility at scale. Key cross-cutting questions will be addressed including:

  • How will electric vehicles interact with the built environment and electricity sector?
  • What are the economic repercussions and opportunities of e-mobility in different contexts?
  • How can countries make equity a priority in their e-mobility transitions?
  • How can transitions to e-mobility be incorporated into long-term power sector and transportation planning and strategies?
  • Which emobility investments will deliver the best value in Asia?
  • How can e-mobility combined with renewable energy contribute to sustainable green recovery? What is needed to unleash this combination?

This workshop will also feature EV work implemented on the ground with USAID, including EVSE standards and tariff design in Laos PDR, grid impacts of EVs in India, as well as USAID’s new global EV Toolkit.


  • Convey how e-mobility supports key ADB priorities such as tackling climate change and making cities more livable.
  • Increase understanding of the multiple benefits e-mobility can bring to Asia, as well as common implementation challenges and solutions.
  • Inspire action in expanding EVs in the region by providing a clear roadmap of the critical elements (e.g. policy, standards, workforce development) needed to accelerate inclusive, resilient, sustainable e-mobility at scale.
  • Encourage peer-to-peer learning among power and transportation sector stakeholders in Asia on the topic of electric vehicles.


Time (Manila) Activities
08:00-08:05 p.m. Opening remarks
Rashane Sala-Ngarm, Project Management Specialist, USAID
08:05-08:40 p.m.

Setting the stage: the role of EVs in Asia and key stakeholders
Maruxa Cardama, SLOCAT Partnership (Facilitator)

EV Basics: Technology trends, EV building blocks
Caley Johnson, Senior Transportation Market Analyst, NREL

Country example; Grid impacts, India
Abishek Ranjan, Vice President of BSES Rajdhani Power Limited, India

Country example; Malaysia e-mobility development
Mohd Sharulnizam Bin Sarip, Chief Technology Officer, Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and Internet of Things Institute

Country example: Shifting Gears: Electric Vehicle Journey, Philippines
Ma. Sheilah Gaabucayan-Napalang, Assistant Secretary, Department of Transportation, Philippines

Policies: Clean Air Asia
Glynda Bathan-Baterina, Deputy Executive Director, Clean Air Asia

08:40-09:15 p.m. Panel discussion on the future of E-Mobility
Maruxa Cardama, Secretary General, SLOCAT Partnership (Facilitator)
09:15-09:30 p.m. Q&A and Closing remarks
Sanjini Nanayakkara, Project Lead, NREL

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About Organizers

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. USAID’s work safeguards this mission and puts countries on a path to pursue clean energy growth and resilient, low-carbon development. Countries around the world are feeling the effects of climate change, from more intense heat waves, droughts, floods and storms to slower-moving changes like ocean acidification. USAID is sharing world-class knowledge, data and tools to ensure countries can predict, prepare for and adapt to change. USAID also helps countries lay the foundations for sustainable growth powered by clean energy and healthy landscapes.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) focuses on creative answers to today's energy challenges. From breakthroughs in fundamental science to new clean technologies to integrated energy systems that power our lives, NREL researchers are transforming the way the world uses energy. NREL analysis informs policy and investment decisions as energy-efficient and renewable energy technologies advance from concept to commercial application to market penetration. With objective, technology-neutral analysis, NREL aims to increase the understanding of energy policies, markets, resources, technologies, and infrastructure and connections between these and economic, environmental, and security priorities.

SLOCAT Partnership is an international multi-stakeholder organization dedicated to sustainable, low-carbon transportation in the Global South. They specialize in knowledge and policy analysis; advocacy and engagement, and dialogue and networking. Slocat Partnership is a co-leader of the Low Emissions Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS) GP Asia.

Point of Contact

Sanjini Nanayakkara, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)