AFTER two months of engineering upgrades, electronic jeepneys are back on the roads of Metro Manila and Clark in Pampanga.
The Community Optimized Managed Electric Transport (COMET) jeepneys were re-introduced the Global Electric Transport Philippines (GETP) in partnership with transport group Pasang Masda.
Fourteen e-jeepneys were initially dispatched, taking the route from SM North Edsa to the LRT station in Katipunan in Quezon City.
Another two COMETs were deployed, running from SM North to Luzon Avenue also in Quezon City. Two more COMETs are now running in Clark, Pampanga, shuttling passengers from Marquee Mall to Clark International Airport.
The e-jeepneys were re-launched by the proponents after the vehicles’ battery management system underwent a major engineering overhaul.
Following the upgrade, the battery of COMET Model Version 2 can now last up to two route trips or 50 kilometers against one route trip or 25 kilometers of the first version.
According to GETP, with the upgrade, the batteries also charge faster now. The charging
time lasts only an hour from four hours of charging time of the previous model.
In addition, the air suspension was also modified to provide a more comfortable ride.
The e-jeepneys each have a Global Positioning System (GPS) and screen that can monitor the passengers’ fare. Each vehicle also has a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera and a liquid crystal display (LCD) screen onboard and transactions are cashless.
For the first four kilometers on an e-jeepney, the fare is P7.50 plus P1.50 per succeeding kilometer.