THE Department of Energy has recently launched a contest to name the electric tricycle it developed.
The contest—dubbed “Name the E-Trike” and which is open to the public—was started after a design for the electric tricycle won in March 2012. Besides the participation of the public, Energy Undersecretary Loreya Ayson said that the contest also aims to stir interest among tricycle owners and operators, and commuters on the advantages of the tricycle.
Those who want to join may visit promo mall booths in malls to get their entry forms. The winner of the contest will receive P30,000 while nine others get P10,000 each as consolation prizes.
The electric tricycle—targeted to replace gasoline-fed tricycles—is forecast to reduce the sector’s annual fuel consumption by 89.2 million liters of gasoline, a 2.8-percent decrease from 2010’s consumption figures. It also seeks to lessen the 259,008 tons of carbon dioxide emitted by vehicles in a year.
The electric tricycle can carry six passengers (including the driver), travel at speeds of up to 50kph, and is equipped with an on-board charger and a battery management system. The low-end model would cost about P150,000.
An onlooker at the contest’s launch event, Salvador Tanaotanao Jr., raised some questions regarding the vehicle’s cost. According to him, the P150,000 initial cash outlay is quite heavy on the pocket for those who rely on the “boundary” system in earning a living.
“The drivers or operators cannot pay that kind of amount. The daily boundary that they have to pay is difficult to meet as it is,” Tanaotanao said.
But Sayson assured that their primary market are the drivers; the operators come in second. “We have made a special financing plan for this and we have tapped the local government units for this project,” she said.
She noted that several LGUs have given positive feedback on the project, citing that Makati and Mandaluyong, among others, have expressed their support for the electric tricycle program.