Coming soon: E-Trikes in Tarlac, Mandaluyong, 8 other LGUs
MANILA, Philippines – Don't be surprised when more electric tricycles or e-trikes start plying the streets of your hometown one of these days.
The Department of Energy (DOE) is preparing to roll out the first phase of its electric tricycle program, which aims to replace 100,000 of the estimated 3.5 million gasoline-powered tricycles across the country.
So far, 10 local government units have ordered a total of 3,000 e-trikes, according to data from DOE. These are:
- Mandaluyong (500 units)
- Tarlac City (500 units)
- Javier, Leyte (100 units)
- San Pablo (100 units)
- Boracay (100 units)
- Batangas City (100 units)
- Marikina City (100 units)
- San Jose City in Camarines Sur (100 units)
- Imus, Cavite (200units)
- Calapan, Mindoro (200 units)
The e-trikes will be powered by an electric motor and rechargeable lithium-ion battery, with each unit costing around P200,000.
DOE is in the process of evaluating the bid offers of 4 suppliers from Japan, Taiwan and Korea. The supply contracts are expected to be awarded by December.
A $300-million loan from the Asian Development Bank is funding the project.
Interested drivers can purchase a unit through a lease-to-own arrangement, where they will be required to pay a daily boundary of P180 for 5 years to their respective LGUs.
The 5-year program targets to save more than $100 million a year by doing away with fuel imports. It is also expected to decrease annual carbon dioxide emmissions by about 260,000 tons. – Rappler.com