Manila Electric Co. (Meralco), through its subsidiary MServe, is negotiating to replace the delivery motorcycles used by Jollibee Foods Corp. and McDonald’s fast food chains with its electric tricycles (e-trikes).
Meralco Senior Vice President for customer retail services Alfredo Panlilio said
Mserve is seeking to replace Jollibee’s 1,500 motorcycles with its electrical vehicle fleet through a leasing arrangement.
Also being eyed as the first customers of its EV motorcycles and shuttle are the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) and the Net Group.
“They are negotiating now. Jollibee is pushing for it. Hopefully, [we can close the deal]within the next quarter or so. INC is also interested for its major arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. And of course, McDonald’s, too, is interested in doing it,” he added.
The combined number of e-trikes that Meralco may roll out for the groups is estimated at about 2,500.
“Jollibee is looking at 1,500, maybe McDonalds—the same. INC wouldn’t be in the thousands, maybe a couple of hundreds. Combined, we are looking at 2,500. They will have charging stations in their establishments where they will park their e-trikes,” Panlilio said.
In the middle of last year, Meralco unveiled the first EV charging station in the country, located within its compound in Ortigas.
The EV charging station features Meralco-designed charging equipment, catering to the practical needs of its future customers, specifically those serving mass public transport like the e-trikes and electric jeepney (e-jeep) that buy fuel on a retail basis and usually fill up on P50 increments.