The last few years have seen the Philippines as some sort of a trendsetter for electric vehicles (EV) in the region. But it is not because it has the latest high-tech EV technology but because of the numerous initiatives, mostly by the private sector, towards the promotion of electric vehicles. Most of these were advocacies spurred by the desire for clean air and the protection of the environment. A non-government organization, the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (iCSC), started the electric jeepney (eJeepney) program in the country in 2007 under its Climate Friendly Cities Program.
The Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturers Association of the Philippines (MVPMAP) and PhUV Inc. stepped in by being the first to locally design, fabricate,assemble and mass produce the eJeepneys for iCSC and other markets. Reina Garcia of iCSC proudly says that today, iCSC’s Makati Green Route initiative which operates in three loops is the very first mass transport application of the EV.
“Our eJeepneys were also the very first to receive the LTO orange license plate for EV's and the LTFRB franchise for EV's to operate as public-utility vehicles”. Ferdi Raquelsantos, president of both MVPMAP and PhUV Inc. says that eJeepneys can be now found in Pasig, Quezon City, Cebu, Bicol, Los Banos, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, Batangas, Palawan, Ilocos region, Boracay and other urban areas. “And we continue to locally design and assemble eJeepneys to a niche market of transport and shuttle service operators”. Many initiatives on the use of the electric tricycles (eTrikes) were also undertaken in Taguig, Surigao, Puerto Princesa, Boracay and Mandaluyong.
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