3K E-Trike units set to roll out this yr
DESPITE persistent rumors to the contrary, it is still all systems go for the Department of Energy Electric Tricycle (DOE ETrike) Project, with up to 3,000 of the environmentally-friendly vehicles expected to be delivered this year.
“This $500 million DOE ETrike project aims to gradually replace regular tricycles with ETrikes nationwide with financing partially provided by the Asian Development Bank,” DOE Undersecretary Donato Marcos said.
In an industry meeting between the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) and Marcos, the undersecretary explained that despite rumors peddled by some quarters that the Etrike Project faces an uncertain future, including reports that other government agencies threatening to discontinue the project, it is proceeding as planned.
“In fact, BEMAC, the winner of the first package of initial 3,000 ETrikes for roll-out, is set to make its first batch of deliveries by the end of September and the rest by the end of the year,” Marcos said.
“Furthermore, the next batch to be bidded out by the DOE will be done within the year as well. This will be for a total of 6,000 units of ETrike,” he added.
Marcos also disclosed that the DOE is now talking to several LGUs interested in participating in the project to deploy ETrikes in their respective cities, towns or municipalities.
EVAP President Rommel Juan said that EVAP remains in full support of the DOE project, which they expect will catalyze the EV industry and drive ETrikes into the mainstream of the mass transport sector in the country.
“We at EVAP have always supported the DOE ETrike Project from the very start and we have actively contributed our own industry perspectives to DOE with regards to the project,” Juan said.
“In preparation for the upcoming next set of biddings, we have actively dialogued with DOE to give our inputs on how we can further improve the terms of reference of the bid and make them more suitable for local adoption, based on EVAP members’ experiences in the Philippine EV market. On this project, we expect a lot of benefits to trickle down to our members in both the downstream and upstream support industries,” he added.