PNoy, ADB roll out e-tricycles in Mandaluyong City

Will we finally see a greener Metro Manila?
Apr 14, 2011 Philippine Car News - PNoy, ADB rolls out electric tricycles for Mandaluyong City

President Benigno Aquino III and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) rolled out 20 electric tricycles (e-trikes) for Mandaluyong City, marking an "important first step towards a sustainable, energy-efficient transport model for the country."

"Working together, we can give Manila cleaner air, bluer skies, and a more livable environment," said Kunio Senga, director general of ADB's Southeast Asia department. "The Philippines is assuming a leading role in Asia in supporting green transportation alternatives, and if e-trikes are followed by new fleets of electric buses and jeepneys, the effect could be transformative."

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The 20 e-trikes were funded by the ADB to introduce energy-efficient transportation alternatives to the country. According to the regional development bank, over 3.5 million combustion-engine-powered tricycles are currently running in the Philippines, producing more than 10 million tons of carbon dioxide and consuming nearly $5 billion of imported fuel each year.

As part of the pilot project, the ADB will install four charging stations in Mandaluyong City, allowing an e-trike to charge its batteries to 50-percent capacity in less than 30 minutes. In line with the ADB's energy-efficiency drive, one of the four charging stations will use solar energy.

The regional development bank is also currently coordinating with the government and other development partners on a proposed project to ramp up the rollout of more e-trikes not only in Metro Manila but in other urban areas as well as early as next year.

"Every 20,000 e-trikes that are introduced to Manila's streets will save the Philippines 100,000 liters of foreign fuel imports each day, saving the country about $35 million annually," said Sohail Hasnie, ADB's principal energy specialist. "This initiative not only benefits the environment, but it also supports the Philippines drive to become more energy independent."

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Though the new e-trikes are more expensive than the traditional petrol-powered motorcycles, it more than makes up for it by being less costly to operate and maintain in the long run. This, in turn, increases the income of e-trike operators.

The ADB-funded e-trikes use lithium ion batteries and can be recharged approximately 2,000 times, unlike the lead acid batteries used in older e-trike models that need to be replaced every two years.

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