Eton Centris, a township project of Eton Properties Philippines in Quezon City, will soon become the central hub for a zero-emissions city shuttle that is being positioned to eventually "replace regular jeepneys and help in regulating the transportation system in Metro Manila."
The shuttle is the City Optimized Managed Electric Transport, and the establishment of its hub at Eton Centris is in partnership with Global Electric Transportation, the distributor of the vehicle, and non-profit organization Gawad Kalinga through Pasang Masda, one of the oldest public-utility jeepney associations in Metro Manila.
The COMET will be manufactured by Pangea Motors, an American-based company that specializes in on-road electric vehicles, in a plant located in Santa Rosa, Laguna. Powering the COMET are lithium-ion cobalt batteries that allow the vehicle to run at a controlled speed of 60kph with a range of up to 100km on a five-hour full charge.
In line with the adaptation of the COMET as a public transportation vehicle, Pasang Masda has supposedly committed to purchasing 10,000 units of the electric shuttle, with its members having already undergone the required training to operate it. The organization also hopes to have a total of 20,000 units of the COMET on the road by 2020.
"There are 55,000 jeepneys on the roads of Metro Manila, and it was found that 85% of air pollution in the metro is caused by poorly maintained vehicles like the jeepney," said GET Philippines president Freddie Tinga. "Apart from that, there is this competition among the drivers for passengers, which leads to unnecessary traffic congestion and road accidents. With the COMET in place, we are proposing a crowd-funding approach where all drivers and operators will earn from the pool. This will minimize competition and encourage the spirit of bayanihan among the stakeholders."