Makati City offers free electric jeepney rides

By Patrick Everett Tadeo
 
Photo of the electric jeepney in Makati City - Top Gear Philippines AUTO NEWS

Makati City's electric jeepney population got a boost as the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (iCSC) deployed ten new units of the environment-friendly rides.

With the unveiling of the new e-jeepneys, the local government of Makati also introduced a green route where commuters can board the smoke-free electric vehicles for free.

Free rides start today with the route starting at the Landmark Department Store in Makati Avenue with stops in the following areas for the Salcedo Village route:

- Villar
- H. V. dela Costa
- Valero
- Sedeno
- Paseo de Roxas.

The following are the stops for the Legaspi village route which also starts in front of Landmark:

- Paseo de Roxas
- Dela Rosa
- Salcedo
- Benavidez.

E-jeepneys operate from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Each has a loading and unloading time of only ten seconds per stop.

"We are making the climate solutions of tomorrow available to Filipinos today," iCSC director Red Constantino said. "Bold action is needed during this period when we are beset by the financial and climate crisis. We commend the leadership of Makati City for showing to the country and the world what Filipinos are capable of."

The e-jeepneys launched on November 10 were developed by the Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturers Association of the Philippines and are 100-percent Philippine-made. They are based on two electric vehicles from China.

The e-jeepneys are currently driven by personnel from the Makati Public Safety Department. The iCSC will field dedicated e-jeepney drivers to the environment-friendly fleet by January 2010.

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