FOR a cleaner and more economical transport for Filipino commuters, the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) is pushing for the mass adoption of electric vehicles (EVs).
The group has already addressed the issue of retail financing, according to its president, Rommel Juan.
“Now that we have addressed retail financing, the missing link in the business model, mass adoption of EJeepneys and ETrikes, will increase and definitely benefit not only the environment but the riding public as well,” he said in a statement.
EVs are now plying the streets of Makati, Muntinlupa, Quezon City, Antipolo, Naga and Boracay.
“EVAP members and ETrike makers Kea Industrial, Phil Etro, Bemac and EV Wealth, have made available in the local market ETrikes with a price range of P260,000 to P425,000 per unit,” Juan noted.
The four-wheel EJeepneys made by PhUV and Mytron range from P850,000 to P1.5 million per unit, depending on seating capacity, power train configuration and battery system.
Juan said pioneer PhUV is pinning its hopes on the government’s upcoming Jeepney Modernization Program to replace regular jeepneys with alternative vehicles like the EJeepney.
John Marasigan, PhUV sales manager, hopes to corner a significant chunk of the market once the program is in place.