Newly formed partnership reveals electric vehicle prototypes designed for and to be built in PH
NEUES Co. Ltd., together with NKC Metalworks Group Osaka, Japan, and its new partner in the Philippines, Kart Plaza Manufacturing Corp., has launched what the company bills are the “answer to the Philippines’ smoke and noise pollution crisis,” an electric vehicle (EV) and an EV jeepney.
Johnny Tan, president of Kart Plaza, called the vehicles as the “wave of the future.”
“In the Philippines, we are about to ride on top of its crest with the introduction of an evolving concept in transportation, which is sustainable, economical, and for the Filipino,” Tan said.
The EV can seat four passengers and carry up to 300 kilograms of cargo. Its electric motor, charged by lead-acid batteries, makes 4.8 kilowatts. The motor takes eight hours to charge. According to Neues, it only costs P40 per full charge.
The EV has a range of approximately 50 kilometers when fully charged and has a maximum speed of 50kph.
The vehicle has no air-conditioning to cut on energy consumption.
“Our platform should be safe, of course, and the term ‘safe’ means that world safety standards should be integrated into our vehicle,” said Neues-NKC EV overall project director Keisuke Imada.
“At the moment, there is no established safety standard for EVs in this country. However, we made sure that we used Japanese safety standards for this vehicle,” he added.
The Neues EV was developed as a single assembly kit, which enables potential users to easily choose their own purpose-built bodies—bus, truck, commuter, leisure vehicle and more.
The EV’s chassis was designed and built by retired rally-racing engineers from Nissan.
“This is a car for Filipinos. This is not going to be sold in Japan. This is purely for the Philippine market,” Tan said.
He also stressed that they will test the vehicle in few months to determine its capability at handling conditions such as floods, rough roads and overloading.
Tan said they are planning to wrap up all plans by April 2015 and to start production in May 2015.
Once the group has finalized plans and had processed inputs of local consumers, it will put up a factory in Carmona, Cavite, where the vehicles will be assembled. The factory is set to hire 300 workers to 400 workers who will produce 100 units to 200 units of EVs and 2,000 units of the EV jeepney.
“It is very simple, it is not a computerized car. It is a simple car and this will be manufactured by the Filipinos for Filipinos,” Tan said.