A prototype of the future of Philippine jeepneys was unveiled Thursday, July 20, at the Shangri-La at The Fort in Bonifacio Global City.
QEV Philippines Electromobility Solutions and Consulting Group Inc., a joint venture between Philippine businessman Endika Aboitiz and Spanish investor Enrique Bañuelos, presented the “green jeepney” in a ceremony attended by the public and several government officials.
The launching of green jeepneys is in line with the Duterte government’s Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) modernization program, which aims to impose tighter emissions, road safety and roadworthiness regulations that could result in the phasing-out of non-compliant public vehicles.
If approved by the government, QEV Philippines, together with local jeepney manufacturers like Sarao Motors, will provide services for the replacement of the traditional jeepneys’ diesel engines with lithium-ion batteries—an eco-friendly alternative that could provide solutions to Metro Manila’s public transportation woes.
The electromobility startup is proposing to lead the initial transformation of 50,000 jeepneys for five years. Transport regulators estimate there are around 200,000 jeepneys in the country today.
Charging stations for the batteries will also be provided by QEV Philippines, which will be powered by the AboitizPower’s “Cleanergy” brand. QEV Philippines is also tying up with Manila Electric Co., Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp., and the Ayala and SM groups for power supply.
Present during the event were department secretaries Carlos Dominguez III, Arthur Tugade, Alfonso Cusi, Benjamin Diokno and Mark Villar. Senators Ralph Recto, Richard Gordon, Cynthia Villar, Loren Legarda and Sherwin Gatchalian also attended the event.
QEV Philippines is the local unit of Singapore-based holding firm QEV Capital Pte. Ltd.
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