Pagadian City, Philippines — The Department of Energy (DOE) has officially launched the “market transformation through introduction of energy efficient electric vehicles” or the “E-Trike” Project in all major cities in the archipelago.
The E-Trike project was introduced by the Energy department officials during its information, education and communication campaign through a multi-sectoral forum for promoting the energy sector’s innovation through the use of alternative fuel and renewable energy technology held on October 4th at the Mardale Hotel and Convention Center in Pagadian City.
Engineer Federico Domingo, Jr., supervising the DOE’s research specialist said that the “e-trike” is a project financed by the Asian Development Bank and is being implemented for five years period.
“The project aims to reduce the transport sector’s annual consumption and to achieve carbon dioxide (CO2) footprint avoidance,” Domingo said.
Domingo added that in our the Philippines, millions of conventional combustion engine tricycles and motorcycles are emitting millions of tons of carbon dioxide to our environment each year. “These vehicles have a dramatic impact on air quality affecting many aspects of life in our country,” Domingo said.
The “E-trikes,” Domingo noted are cheaper to run and maintain, environment-friendly, more efficient and their use can significantly help decrease air pollution as well as reduce noise pollution.
Meanwhile, Stephen Cometa, the science research specialist noted that the e-trikes are better than the traditional tricycles stressing out that the former is a 3-kilowatt lithium-ion rechargeable battery, with a maximum speed of 60-kilometer per hour which can go on flat and uphill terrain, comfortably seat up to 5 passengers per e-trike, has low energy usage, and it requires less maintenance.
Christian Luke Sevilla, also a research specialist, said that the “e-trike” is the initiative of the national government through the DOE which seeks to replace the number of conventional gasoline-fueled tricycles.
“We are gradually introducing the “e-trike project” to the stakeholders since they have emotional attachment to their conventional tricycles,” Sevilla said.
Sevilla added that the local government units (LGUs), cooperatives, and private civilians are encouraged to avail and use of the e-trike units.
“For the LGUs who wish avail of the said units, they should prepare a letter of undertaking to be signed between the DOE and LGU,” Sevilla added. — Cetureon.com