MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, August 22 (PIA) – The Department of Energy (DOE) is set to deploy some 100,000 locally made electric tricycles (E-Trike) powered by lithium-ion batteries to key cities and municipalities in the country, this year.
DOE officials bared this during the multi-sectoral forum on cleaner alternative fuels and energy technologies and efficient utilization of energy held in Camiguin, last week.
It targets to reach motorcycles/tricycles as it consists around 50 percent of the total public transport population.
Jorge Vincent Bitoon of DOE said E-Trike technology has a good fuel savings potential, roughly at around P1.5 kilometer or P120 daily fuel savings. It is also capable in going through steep slopes (12 degree slopes) while providing added safety and comfort for both passengers and drivers.
“There is no initial payment required form the drivers and the ownership of unit is a five-year boundary-hulog (rent to own) scheme, with five years warranty on the unit and lithium-ion batteries (or 80,000 km drive whichever comes first),” Bitoon said.
DOE said, the package also comes with guaranteed registration and comprehensive insurance of three years, establishment of service centers, provision of solar charging stations and training for driver and operators.
DOE supervising senior science research specialist Federico Domingo, meanwhile, egged on transport groups in the province to be open not only to the technology but also to the concept of the project.
“We are not selling the E-Trike project, rather we are opening opportunities to the less privilege members of our society to live up their integrity and get the chance to earn,” he said.
Domingo assured the transport sector of the economic viability of the project, but challenged them to give way for the additional 100 units that will come in, if they decide to pursue the proposal. (JCV/PIA-10)