5 firms bid for $504-M e-trike project

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AT least five local and foreign companies have submitted bids for the supply and delivery of 3,000 units of e-tricycles (e-trike), a priority project of the Department of Energy (DOE).

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The DOE Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC) on Wednesday opened the bids for the e-trike project.

Energy Undersecretary Donato Marcos said among the bidders are Uzushio Electric Co. Ltd (Japan), Mulan Electric Vehicle Co. Ltd. (China), TECO Electric & Machinery Co. Ltd. (Taipei, China), CAMEC JCB Corporation (Philippines) and Invenic Inc., a joint venture with Jiang Siu Hansen Motor Co. Ltd. (Philippines-China).

After the opening of the technical bids for the project, qualified firms will move to the financial bidding, Marcos said.

As part of the requirements, he said companies should have a five-year after-sales contract, which will cover maintenance, driver skills training, body warranty, registration with the Land Transport Office, among others.

He said the awarding could be done by June or July this year.

The e-trike project, formally known as the “Market Transformation through Introduction of Energy Efficient Electric Vehicles Project,” aims to help ensure energy security through the promotion of energy efficient and clean technologies.

As such, the project is expected to insulate stakeholders from the price volatility of imported petroleum products.

This $504-million project, largely financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Clean Technology Fund (CTF), will be implemented for five years.

As part of the plan, the DOE targets to deploy 100,000 e-trikes nationwide to replace the same number of traditional gasoline-fed tricycles by 2018.

In the Philippines, there are approximately 3.5 million conventional combustion engine tricycles and motorcycles, emitting millions of tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) to the environment every year.

These vehicles have a dramatic impact on air quality, affecting many aspects of life in the country, from national health to increased exposure to climate change risks.

According to an ADB study, emissions from the transportation sector represent 30 percent of air pollution in the Philippines, and a large part is contributed by public transport tricycles with poor quality engines.

The study said that carbon dioxide emissions from motorcycles and tricycles alone account for more than 10 million tons per year.

According to the DOE, e-trikes are environment-friendly so their use can help significantly decrease pollution in the air.

“The use of e-trikes can contribute in addressing these economic and environmental concerns,” the agency said.

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  1. The government should just scrap that inane project for being devoid of any real benefit. It will only make more Filipinos lazy and lethargic. Walking is already a very good exercise and a deterrent to a lot of sickness. To induce people to walk is to remove those trikes. What the Barangay or government should do is to build covered walkways from jeep/bus stops going towards the inner communities. Building those walkways would only involve first or sunk costs but such structures would be more long lasting. The Barangays can earn money by creating advertising spaces in those walkways. You need to charge the trike every now and then and when you translate those charging into their monetary value, the total cost would be substantial. With so many trikes, we would be like Jakarta in five years time where trikes would be everywhere with their constant racing and criss-crossing with or without passengers to ferry.