First 3,000 Out of 100,000 Electric Trikes Hit the Streets of the Philippines

JUN 24 2014 BY STAFF 11

More Electric Taxis Like These Will Hit the Roads in the Philippines

More Electric Taxis Like These Will Hit the Roads in the Philippines

The first 3,000 e-tricycles are now on the road in the Philippines.  Well, actually there are more than 3,000, but under the e-trike project of the Department of Energy and the Asian Development Bank the first 3,000 of 100,000 have hit the streets.

Terra Motors E Trike Headed to Philippines

Terra Motors E Trike Headed to Philippines

The goal is to replace 100,000 fuel-burning trikes with electric version by 2016 to “reduce the transport sector’s gasoline consumption by 561,000 barrels yearly, and its emission of carbon dioxide by 260,000 ton,” according to Tempo.

As Tempo reports:

“Traditional [e-trike] units produce more than 10 million tons of carbon dioxide and use nearly $5 billion worth of imported fuel yearly.”

100,000 electric trikes is a HUGE figure, but there are “350 million tricycle units in the Philippines,” says Tempo, so 100,000 is just a start.

Per Tempo:

“The National Economic and Development Authority gave the go-ahead for the government’s P21.67-billion e-trike project, to promote sustainable urban transport. The Board of Investments approved the R18.90-million project of the Philippine Utility Vehicle, Inc., to produce electric vehicles, specifically e-trikes and e-jeepneys, which are environment-friendly. The ADB works with local government units and the private sector to establish financing mechanisms so tricycle drivers will have the opportunity to lease or lease-to-own e-trikes, and to promote e-vehicle support industries.”

Source: Tempo

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11 Comments on "First 3,000 Out of 100,000 Electric Trikes Hit the Streets of the Philippines"

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Djoni

As of today, the population of Philppines is of 98,734,798 people, including childs, new borns and elders.
How could they own 350 million trike?
Do they have a trike for each week day?

Aaron

You’re right. That number seems WAY too high. Especially since there are more Jeepneys than trikes. Did they mean 350,000 trikes?

Micke Larsson

Oh… The e-Jeepneys are cool too 🙂 They are supposed to add 15 000 of those too during the next 3 years or so as far as I know 🙂

Micke Larsson

The correct number is 3,5 million trikes in the whole country.

Assaf

Those are the ones made in Vancouver Washington?

If so, an amazing export coup! Plus, sending EV tech to the developing world sooner rather than later is hugely important.

Thanks for the good news!

Micke Larsson

Japanese… the e-Jeepney’s are from the US. There are some clips of Obama checking the e-Jeepneys out =)

John

Great news. Thanks for covering the Philippines fir I am a filipino. This is a very welcome development in Manila especially because of the severe pollution. I’m just curious how much are each of the e trikes?

John

Great news! Thanks for covering the Philippines fir I am a filipino. This is a very welcome development in Manila especially because of the severe pollution. I’m just curious how much are each of the e trikes?

MDEV

Beautiful no noise at all.

Micke Larsson

And much more important, no local air pollution. If you have ever been in Manila (or Beijing or Mexico City or L.A. a few decades back) then you know why that is the primary advantage. 😉

GRA

Others have already beaten me to the human/trike population mismatch, so what I’m wondering is how’s the country’s electric grid will deal with reliability and price issues:

http://blogs.wsj.com/searealtime/2014/02/24/power-struggles-in-the-philippines/