Environment-friendly electric vehicles are expected to roll-out from a manufacturing plant inside Subic Bay Freeport following the inauguration of the Roteco factory, a joint venture between Filipino motorcycle dealership chain Ropali and Taiwanese electric motor manufacturer Teco Electric and Machinery Co. Ltd., which will produce both e-Trikes and e-Jeepneys.
The partnership is in support of the Department of Transportation and Communication’s jeepney modernization program.
Ropali president Roberto Alingog said the partnership is aimed at introducing innovation to the local transport sector through the creation of affordable and environment-friendly e-vehicles.
TECO Chief Executive Officer George Lien, for his part, said electric vehicles will provide the transport sector with opportunities to replace second-hand diesel-powered jeepneys that emit pollutants and consume a lot of fuel.
Lien noted that with the joint venture, Roteco can raise the quality of public transportation in the Philippines as well as help reduce the carbon emissions that are discharged into the air, which is among the main causes of climate change.
According to Lien, the new e-Jeepney will be equipped with the new, easy to use smart payment and fleet management system called Intelligent Transportation Solution (ITS). Besides the ITS, the e-Vehicles will also have a GPS tracking system that continuously sends data to the control center, which in turn, monitors the entire fleet operation, including location, time of route, speed, power consumption and powertrain conditions. Data collected from fleet can be analyzed by historical events and be presented in a user-friendly and ease-to-use way for business decision-making.
Lien added that one of the most outstanding abilities of the ITS is that the system calculates the distance each passenger has traveled, and collects the exact fare based from the fare guide set by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
The Roteco inauguration ceremony was graced by Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman Roberto Garcia, Mayor Rolen Paulino of Olongapo City and Vice-Governor Ramon Lacbain 2nd of Zambales.
Garcia lauded the project, pointing out that it slots in with the SBMA’s commitment to protect and preserve the environment, especially within the freeport.