• DOE seeks to lower e-trike cost

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    THE Energy department wants to lower the price of e-tricycles it wants to roll out nationwide, negotiating with a consortium that is seeking to bag a government contract.

    “We had a meeting with the winning bidder. Again, its a renegotiation, the second time around, to really come up with a low price,” Energy Undersecretary Donato Marcos said over the weekend.

    The consortium of Japan’s Uzushio Electric Co. Ltd. and BEMAC Electric Transportation Philippines Inc. was the lone bidder qualified by the government for an e-trick contrack.

    During the first negotiation, the consortium agreed to lower its offer by 27 percent.

    Marcos said an independent expert from New Zealand, Andrew Campbell, was present during the renegotiation. Campbell’s presence was recommended by the Asian Development Bank, the project’s main financier.

    The Manila-based ADB has set aside $300 million for the $504-million electronic vehicle (EV) project. The government provided $99 million and the Clean Technology Fund the remaining $105 million.

    Marcos did not say how the renegotiation fared, only saying that an agreement would be followed by a request for a No Objection Letter (NOL) from the ADB and a recommendation to the Energy department that the project be awarded.

    The department is targeting to roll out 100,000 locally made e-trikes by 2018.

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