PHILIPPINE Utility Vehicle Inc. (PhUV) bared that Teco Electric and Machinery Co. of Taiwan recently presented for inspection its locally assembled electric-powered tricycle (e-trike) to the Asian Development Bank (ADB). PhUV said Teco’s e-trike completely matches the bid specifications issued by the Department of Energy (DOE).
Teco’s e-trike, which has a locally made fiberglass body, is assembled in the country by its partner, PhUV.
“It looks like the DOE-ADB E-trike Program is on track because we have now proven that, given reliable local suppliers and partners, an e-trike that is fully compliant to international standards can be manufactured and assembled in the Philippines,” said Teco Business Development Center Chief Executive Officer George Lien after the company’s presentation and demonstration to representatives of the ADB.
Lien added that Teco is very confident with its e-trike, especially because its technical team had engineered the vehicle’s electric motor, controller and converters to be perfectly compatible with the lithium-ion batteries, charger and the on-board battery management system.
“This ensures maximum efficiency and top-quality performance for our e-trike,” he said.
PhUV Sales Manager John Marasigan said that some Philippine companies had previously experienced difficulties after they imported parts from various foreign sources, mostly from China, only to find out later that these were not technically compatible.
“The performance suffers. The parts and the vehicle do not last long and, ultimately, the buyer is left with a ‘disposable’ e-trike that has no after-sales service. With a big foreign partner like Teco behind us, we are very confident of the e-trikes we produce,” Marasigan said.
PhUV said that the Teco e-trike was driven around the ADB compound with five passengers and a driver on board.
“But before this, we have already subjected the e-trike to various performance tests in the hills of Antipolo where it showed its capability in navigating steep grades. Its three-kilowatt, 48-volt motor delivered a top speed of 60kph and performed well without any problem under varying terrain and driving condition,” Marasigan said.
He also disclosed that PhUV’s advantage is its more than six years of experience in all aspects of the EV industry, having been a pioneer in the technology.