Prototypes like this Banatti Green Falcon—a Filipino-made electric bamboo motorcycle that shot to fame in 2018—are valuable pieces of hardware. This isn’t just because of their monetary worth, but because of how irreplaceable they are in their current state.
This unit is the only Banatti Green Falcon currently in existence. If anything were to happen to this baby, it’d be a big blow not just to the company, but to the local electric vehicle movement as a whole. To company CEO Chris Lacson, however, the opportunity to stretch his baby’s legs once in a while is well worth the risk.
“I ride it once a week when there’s no traffic because this is the only prototype we have. It’s quite valuable,” Lacson tells Top Gear Philippines. “There’s only one, so it doesn’t need to go out more than it does now. I bring it out parang to exercise it lang.”
Lacson also tells us that taking the Falcon out for a spin is a fulfilling experience owing to all the pedestrians and motorists who stop to admire it.
“It’s so cool, because it is looked at and taken pictures of,” he says. “I get a lot of thumbs up, especially when people find out that it’s made in the Philippines. People smile, and that’s typical when I pull up to the stoplight.”
When it isn’t out in the open, the Green Falcon is usually being charged in the basement of Lacson’s apartment building. He won’t go into detail regarding exactly how much it costs to charge, but he says it’s very affordable.
Check out the embedded video above to see more of the Banatti Green Falcon in action. Also, be sure to wave to Lacson if you ever pull up next to this beauty at the stoplight.