Vista City, a master-panned community along the busy C5 Road extension, is the latest real estate development to introduce green transport in the Philippines. Rommel Juan, president of the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP), said he’s very glad that preserving the green environment was part of the master plan for the development of Vista City.
Coinciding with the 10th Las Pinas Parol Festival, Metro Express Connect Inc., the official transport operator of Vista Land, launched two electric jeepneys that will ply the C5 Extension Road or the Quirino Avenue, Pulanglupa to Sucat Road route and vice versa. The route covers four kilometers round trip and is perfect for the EJeepneys.
Juan was at the launch to cut the ceremonial ribbon together with Vista Land Chairman Sen. Cynthia Villar. “We are very happy that a large company like the Vista Land group of the Villars are now supporting electric vehicles to be used in their real estate developments. This goes to show that electric vehicles are now moving into the mainstream of our mass transport system,” she said.
According to Juan, Villar noted that electric vehicles are very beneficial to use in residential and commercial developments because they are environment-friendly, clean, not smoke-belching and are quiet, which led to their decision in using EJeepneys.
The EJeepneys were made by PhUV Inc., the pioneer local electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer in the country. They also supplied other EJeepney fleets in Makati, Alabang, Muntinlupa and Quezon City.
“To have a large real estate company such as the Vista Group join the EV bandwagon is a big boost for the local EV industry. We hope that other major real estate developers will soon follow suit so that our country may enjoy a cleaner and healthier public transport option,” Juan said.