DOE launches “E-trike” project in Pagadian

Gideon C. Corgue

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The Department of Energy (DOE) has launched the “market transformation through introduction of energy efficient electric vehicles” or the “E-Trike” Project in all cities in the country.

The E-Trike project was introduced by DOE officials during its information, education and communication campaign through a multi-sectoral forum on the promotion of energy sector innovation through the use of alternative fuel and energy technology held on October 4 at Mardale Hotel and Convention Center here.

Engr. Federico Domingo, Jr., supervising research specialist said the “e-trike” is a project financed by the Asian Development Bank and is being implemented for 5 years.

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“The project aims to reduce the transport sector’s annual consumption and to achieve carbon dioxide (CO2) footprint avoidance,” Domingo said.

Domingo said in our country, millions of conventional combustion engine tricycles and motorcycles are emitting millions of tons of CO2 to our environment every year. “These vehicles have a dramatic impact on air quality affecting many aspects of life in our country,” he added.

The “E-trikes,” Domingo said are cheaper to run, environment-friendly, more efficient and their use can significantly help decrease air pollution and reduce noise.

Meanwhile, Stephen Cometa, science research specialist informed that the  e-trikes are better than conventional tricycles saying that the former is a 3kw lithium-ion rechargeable battery, with a maximum speed of 60kph which can negotiate flat and uphill terrain, comfortably seat up to 5 passengers, has low energy usage, and requires less maintenance.

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Christian Luke Sevilla, also a research specialist said the “e-trike” is the initiative of the national government which seeks to replace the number of traditional gasoline-fed tricycles.

“We are gradually introducing the “e-trike project” to the stakeholders since they have emotional attachment to their conventional tricycles,” Sevilla explained.

He said local government units (LGUs), cooperatives, and private individuals are encouraged to avail of the e-trike units.

“For the LGUs who wish avail of the said units, they  should prepare a letter of undertaking to be signed between the DOE and LGU,” Sevilla advised. (ALT/GCC/PIA9/Zamboanga del Sur)

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