Mass production of e-vehicles starts

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Mass production of electric tricyles will be in full swing this year, according to BEMAC Electric Transportation Philippines, Inc. (BEET) and Philippine Utility Vehicle Inc (PhUV).

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BEET targets to deliver 500 units of electric tricycles (e-trikes) a month 6,000 units per year while PhUV aims to assemble 500 units of electric jeepneys (EJeepneys) this year for deployment in new Metro Manila routes.

BEET is also preparing to increase its production capacity to 1,000 units per month or 12,000 units per year starting from July of 2015.

Located in Carmona, Cavite, BEET’s plant is on pre-production fine tuning to make sure of its ability to deliver 500 units per month of three-wheeled EVs as projected by the company.

BEET’s EV engineers from Japan are currently in the country to train their local counterparts in assembling the EVs.

“This will guarantee that the strict controls imposed by the Japanese company to its local EV subsidiary will be adhered by the Filipino technicians and local parts manufacturing partners,” BEET said.

BEET’s strong partnership with a top Japanese lithium-ion battery manufacturer, has enabled both companies in extending full support in terms of their R&D departments making sure the compatibility between BEMAC’s VCU technology and the battery is working seamlessly.

Battery is the driving force behind a reliable EV on the road and it is the utmost desire of BEMAC to provide the best battery to power their EVs.

“We want only to give the Filipinos a reliable and safe EV product which they can proudly claim as made in the Philippines backed by Japanese technology,” BEET President Masato Oda said.

Product safety testing includes vibration test that will guarantee at least 10 years for its chassis or 100,000 km., slalom test, uphill and downhill run, water proofing and breaking capability often employed only by car manufacturers.

“We are the only EV manufacturer in the country who does a thorough testing of our product before actually rolling it on the streets,” Oda added.

Given the reliability and long life of their product BEET is optimistic on the potential of replacing the aging, noisy and air pollution inducing traditional tricycles with their EV-trikes.

TODAs in areas like Metro Manila, Cebu and Boracay are showing interest in BEMAC’s EV.

Leading local companies who put value in greening their businesses are also interested in utilizing its cargo model suitable for delivery services.

For its part, PhUV said there is a growing demand for EVs due to the implementation of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) of the 15-year old limit for public utility jeepneys (PUJs) to be allowed on the road.

“We are now seeing a rise in the application of EJeepneys for mass transport application,” PhUV president Ferdi Raquelsantos said.

He said the company recently delivered EJeepneys to Filinvest Alabang and to Ateneo de Manila University.

John Marasigan, PhUV sales manager said Filinvest City in Alabang which introduced its 360 Eco Loop project utilizes some 20 of their EJeepneys to service its numerous locators and their employees and customers in its sprawling business district.

While Ateneo de Manila University introduced four EJeepney shuttles in their campus, coupled with its own charging station set up by the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco).

“These developments have driven us to very optimistic that this 2015, EV sales will finally fly,” Marasigan said.

The feets deployed to Filinvest Alabang and Ateneo add to those already being used by government agencies, local government units (LGUs), resorts and other schools.

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