Expect cleaner and less noisy streets, at least in Intramuros, Manila, as 50 electric trikes have been launched in the historical spot.
The electric trikes fall under the Php 550 million Mobility as a System (MaaS) project, which is a collaboration of Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) with Japanese IT service provider SoftBank Corporation and the government’s Board of Investments (BOI).
“With projects such as the MaaS, we hope to make the Philippines an EV (electric vehicle) manufacturing hub in Southeast Asia,” said BOI executive director for industry development services Ma. Corazon Halili-Dichosa. “We hope that more local and foreign investments will come and make the country their production base, thus create around 100,000 in new jobs for Filipinos.”
The project, which will run until September 2018, comes with 17 charging stations deployed around Club Intramuros for the benefit of tourists and locals alike. Intramuros was primarily chosen for the project as part of the historical destination’s rehabilitation as a more tourist-friendly location.
Aside from Intramuros, other cities in Metro Manila have also long used the greener type of transportation, like Mandaluyong, Makati and Muntinlupa.
In Filinvest City in Alabang alone, around 20 electric jeepneys have been deployed for their EJeepney program. These electric jeepneys travel around the 240-hectare property that benefits employees, shoppers and students in the vicinity. Some residents of Muntinlupa may also avail of free rides if they use their respective city care card.
“We hope that more cities introduce electric vehicle initiatives in their own areas in other parts of the country and push the modernization of our public transport system,” Rommel Juan, president of the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) said.
There are currently 30 firms in the local electric vehicle industry, employing a total of around 10,000 individuals.
Elyssa Christine Lopez is Entrepreneur.com.ph's staff writer. Follow her on Twitter @elyssalopz.