By Dhel Nazario
The Muntinlupa City government received 150 electronic tricycles or e-trike units from the Department of Energy (DOE) on Friday in an effort to promote energy efficiency and clean technologies in the transport sector.
The turnover ceremony was followed by a test drive of the units led by DOE officials, Asst. Sec. Leonido Pulido III and Usec. Donato Marcos, and Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex.
Muntinlupa is dubbed as the “E-Jeepney Capital of the Philippines” and one of the local government units leading in the electric and vehicle revolution in the country.
The E-trikes feature a five-kilowatt electric motor, a three kilowatt hour Lithium-Ion Batter, an on board charger and a battery management system.
A fully-charged unit can run up to three hours and comfortably fit up to five passengers.
“We are glad to be one of the first cities to be awarded E-trikes by DOE, this will help us continue promoting alternative and renewable energy,” said Fresnedi.
Ayala-Alabang will be the pilot barangay to be provided with 20 units.
The Muntinlupa Traffic Management Bureau (MTMB) will assist partner cooperatives who will work with drivers and operators in their transition to using the E-trikes. The ownership of these will eventually be transferred to the cooperative members, upon meeting terms of operational agreements.