THE Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is doing a performance test of a five-coach hybrid electric road train today at the Parade Ground inside the Clark Freeport Zone.
The test focuses on the roadworthiness of a Filipino-made land transport, the Hybrid Electric Road Train, as part of government efforts to support the productivity and global competitiveness of the metals, engineering and allied industries.
The hybrid road train will eventually be used in Metro Manila’s main thoroughfares.
Designed by Filipino engineers and made with locally available parts, the 40-meter train-like bus is an alternative means of transportation, considered by the DOST as the answer to the mass transportation dilemma in the National Capital Region that includes Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
Clark Development Corporation President Arthur P. Tugade said it is good that the DOST choose the Parade Ground for the demo ride and the launching of the first locally made road train.
The DOST said the road train consists of five interconnected and fully air-conditioned coaches, four of which can accommodate up to 60 passengers each for a total of 240 commuters. The fifth coach houses the engine.
DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo estimates that the road train can serve up 650,000 commuters when fully implemented. “This will happen after its testing phase which will take two to three years,” he said earlier.
The road train runs at a maximum speed of 50 kph and is mainly powered by hybrid engine that runs on diesel and electric battery.
Designed as an energy efficient transport system, the train does not need electricity supply from suspended cables, the DOST noted.
Needless to say that the Pinoy innovation, as an eco-friendly mode of transportation, emits less smoke compared with existing mass transport vehicles.
“CDC is a major contributor to many of (the DOST’s) achievements in the testing phase of the hybrid road train,” said Assistant Secretary Robert Dizon, officer in charge of the DOST Metals Industry Research and Development Center.
Dizon said the event in Clark will serve as the road train’s soft launch as well as a prelude to the upcoming 2015 National Science and Technology Week next month.