DOE E-trike project on the right track

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It is still all systems go for the Department of Energy (DOE) Electric Tricycle Project as confirmed by DOE Undersecretary Donato Marcos.

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The $500-million DOE e-trike project aims to gradually replace regular tricycles with electric tricycles nationwide with financing partially provided by the Asian Development Bank.

In an industry meeting between the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines and the Department of Energy, Marcos explained that despite rumors peddled by some quarters, the certainty of the project’s future is proceeding as planned.

“In fact, BEMAC [Electric Transportation Phils. Inc.], the winner of the first package of initial 3,000 e-trikes is set to make its first batch of deliveries by the end of September and the rest by the end of the year,” Marcos said. “Furthermore, the next batch to be bidded out by the DOE will be done within the year as well. This will be for a total of 6,000 units of e-trikes,” he added.

Marcos also disclosed that the DOE is now talking to several local government units that are interested in participating in the project and deploy these e-trikes to their respective cities, towns or municipalities.

Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines president Rommel Juan on the other hand said the organization fully supports the DOE project which they expect will catalyze the EV industry and drive e-trikes into the mainstream of the mass transport sector in the country.

“We at EVAP have always supported the DOE e-trike project from the very start and we have actively contributed our own industry perspectives to DOE with regards to the project,” he said.

“In preparation for the upcoming next set of biddings, we have actively dialogued with DOE to give our inputs on how we can further improve the terms of reference of the bid and make them more suitable for local adoption based on EVAP members’ experiences in the Philippine EV market. On this project, we expect a lot of benefits to trickle down to our members in both the downstream and upstream support industries,” Juan added.

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