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Manila launches E-trike program


The electric tricycle or E-Trike program of Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada finally kicked off on Wednesday with the formal turnover of 50 environment-friendly tricycles to the first batch of driver-beneficiaries in Binondo.

Estrada hopes his E-trike project will help uplift the lives of the city’s “poorest of the poor” by providing them with an alternative and sustainable source of income. 

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The Estrada administration is launching its E-trike project to combat air pollution and improve the livelihood of some 1,500 legally franchised tricycle drivers in the city.


"This is primarily a livelihood program with the main objective of providing our poor tricycle and 'kuliglig' drivers an upgraded public transport vehicle which they can call their own, and from which they could earn more," the Manila mayor pointed out.

"Here, they don't need to pay any 'boundary' [installment payments]," Estrada added, "and the costs of charging their E-trikes' batteries will even be subsidized by the city government."

The Estrada administration is launching its E-trike project to combat air pollution and improve the livelihood of some 1,500 legally franchised tricycle drivers in the city.

Aside from these, there are about 25,000 colorum tricycles, pedicabs and kuliglig or motorized pedicabs operating in the city.

The city government has bought 280 units of E-trikes, at P400,000 each, for distribution this year. The Manila Electric Co. or Meralco has constructed several charging stations, the first in Binondo.

The Japanese-manufactured E-trikes run on gel-type batteries than can be fully charged in just five hours. It can carry up to six passengers and has a maximum speed of 40-45 kilometer per hour (kph).

Estrada said the city government will procure "thousands" more of these E-Trikes to gradually replace fuel-run tricycles in the coming years, thus complementing the city government's efforts to reduce air pollution in the city.

"They would be driver-operators in a matter of four years. How much to they need to pay daily? (A small amount). They'll even charge their batteries for free," he added.

The E-trikes will be financed through a "boundary-hulog" system where the driver-owners will only pay the city government P250 a day for four years at zero interest, Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau chief Dennis Alcoreza said.
The E-Trikes will have exclusively franchised routes, so as not to compete with fuel-run tricycles, he added.

The first batch of 50 beneficiaries were all residents of District 3, which has been chosen as the pilot site for the E-trike project. The district covers the areas of Binondo, Quiapo, San Nicolas, and Sta. Cruz.

E-Trikes will also be introduced in Malate, Ermita, and University Belt, per Alcoreza.

"This project is entirely a livelihood program for the masses. The city of Manila is not intending to profit from this livelihood program, unlike other financing institutions. We'll have no profits, no add-ons," Alcoreza stressed.

"We just want to provide the poorest of the poor the opportunity to earn more for them to improve their kind of living," he added.

BEMAC, Puerto Princesa to pilot electric tricycles

BEMAC Electric Transportation Philippines Inc. has signed a memorandum of understanding with the City Government of Puerto Princesa for a pilot operation of two electric tricycles within the city.

BEMAC is giving the e-Trikes to Puerto Princesa for free and shall operate them until the end of 2016. Puerto Princesa Mayor Lucilo R. Bayron signed the MOU with Yvonne Palomar-Castro, Bemac Electric Transportation Philippines vice president for Sales, Marketing and After Sales.

Puerto Princesa has a history of undertaking projects to promote environmental sustainability and preservation. The United Nations declared the city as a "Biospheric Reserve," and is acknowledged to be the country's last ecological frontier.

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PHL electric-vehicle dream running on borrowed time

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DAVAO City and Manila—The first thing one hears on an electronic motorcycle—e-trike it's called—is nothing. The e-trike fails to produce the ear-piercing screams of revved-up motorcycle engines running on fossil fuels.


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WWF Partners with BEMAC for Earth Hour to Promote Clean Transport

Earlier this month, the Philippines once again participated in the annual international Earth Hour Event, switching off lights for one hour to promote the reduction of carbon emissions. World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the organizer of the event, held the main stage at the Quezon City Memorial Circle. The organizers intended the event to be a showcase of climate solutions, featuring renewable sources of energy.

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Japanese firm panalo sa bidding ng E-Trike project sa Pilipinas

Kinumpirma ng Uzushio Electric na sila ang nanalo sa bidding ng 3,000 units ng E-Trike sa Pilipinas para palitan ang tradisyonal na tricycle at madagdagan ang kita ng mga drayber at mabawasan ang polusyon sa bansa.

Ayon sa pahayag ng Uzushio Electric na naka-base sa Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture, natanggap nila ang abiso na nagsasabi na sila ang nanalong bidder para sa E-Trike Project ng Department of Energy (DOE) at Asian Development Bank (ADB) sa contract price na $30,747,000.

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DOE ready to award e-trike to LGUs with tourism areas, eco-zones

MANILA – The Department of Energy (DOE) said it is ready to offer the electric-tricycle (e-trike) program to growing tourist areas and economic zones.

”The DOE remains open to all local government units (LGU) as E-trike off-takers of their respective localities to be used in tourism growth areas and mixed-use economic zones,” it said.

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DOE awards contract for E-trike procurement

TAGUIG CITY, Feb 29 – The Department of Energy (DOE), committed to push for alternative transport, recently awarded the contract for the procurement of electric tricycles under Package 1 of the Market Transformation through Introduction of Energy-Efficient Electric Vehicles (E-Trike Project) Program. The said contract was awarded to Uzushio Electric Company, Limited at the ceremonial signing held on February 15, 2016.

Energy Secretary Zenaida Y. Monsada said, “One way of reducing our carbon emissions is through transforming our transportation system, in which we are looking at the E-trike project as a catalyst to encourage entry of more efficient modes of public transport.”

This Asian Development Bank (ADB)-funded project is also envisioned to revitalize the public transport sector and support the nascent industry by offering energy-efficient electric vehicles in the market.

Following the ideal timeline of the project, the E-trikes will ply the streets of the National Capital Region, and Region IV-A & B on or before May 2016 for the initial roll out of 3,000 e-trikes units.

After the conduct of the international competitive bidding consistent with and after obtaining ADB’s no objection, Uzushio emerged as the lowest evaluated and substantially responsive bid among those who joined the bidding for the E-Trike Project on May 06, 2015. Uzushio, a Japanese firm, is represented locally by BEMAC Electric Transportation Philippines, Incorporated. The DOE remains open to all local government units as E-trike off-takers of their respective localities to be used in tourism growth areas, mixed-use economic zones, wide swath of campuses as well as residential enclaves. (DOE)


Manila unveils ‘e-trikes’

The city government of Manila on Saturday formally unveiled "e-trikes" or electronic tricycles that will soon traverse the streets of the Philippine capital.

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada led the ceremonies launching the electronic and more eco-friendly version of the fuel-powered transport vehicle at the Stop & Shop complex in Sta. Mesa.

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BEMAC Electric to deploy 3,000 e-trikes within 2016

MANILA, Philippines – BEMAC Electric Transportation Philippines, Incorporated, a subsidiary of Uzushio Electric Company of Japan, will start producing 3,000 units of electric motor-powered tricycles or e-trikes for distribution within the year.

This was after the Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice of award to Uzushio Electric of Japan and its local partner, BEMAC, for the e-trikes production.

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DOE awards 3,000 e-trike units for Metro Manila, other areas

A notice of award (NoA) has already been served by the Department of Energy (DOE) to a Filipino-Japanese joint venture for the preliminary rollout of 3,000 electric tricycle (e-trike) units that will be deployed in Metro Manila and Region 4 provinces.

In an interview with reporters, DOE Undersecretary Donato Marcos disclosed that the award notice has been with Japanese firm Uzushio Electric Co. Ltd. and local firm BEMAC Electric Transportation Philippines, Inc.

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