Taiwan firm optimistic on E-trikes

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TECO Electric and Machinery Co. Ltd. of Taiwan recently presented to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for inspection its locally assembled electric tricycle (E-trike) that completely matches the bid specifications of the Department of Energy (DOE).

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The fiberglass body is locally made while the E-trike was assembled by TECO’s local partner, Philippine Utility Vehicle Inc. (PhUV), the pioneer in electric vehicle assembly in the country.

“It looks like the DOE-ADB E-trike Program is on track since now we have proven that given reliable local suppliers and partners, an E-trike that is fully compliant to international standards can be manufactured and assembled locally,” said George Lien, chief executive officer of TECO’s Business Development Center, after their presentation and demonstration to representatives of the ADB.

Lien said that TECO is very confident with its E-trike, especially since their technical team engineered the electric motor, controller and converters to be perfectly compatible with the lithium-ion batteries, charger and the on-board battery management system (BMS).

“This ensures maximum efficiency and assures top-quality performance of our E-trike,” he added.

Confident on product
PhUV sales manager John Marasigan explained that the sad experience of some Filipino electric vehicle (EV) companies in the past was that they would import these parts separately from various foreign sources, mostly from China, then put them all together, only to find out later that they are not technically compatible.

“The performance suffers, the parts and the EV do not last long and ultimately, the buyer is left with a ‘disposable’ vehicle with no after-sales service in terms of capable technicians and spare parts. With a big foreign partner like TECO behind us, we are very confident of the EVs that we produce,” he added.

The E-trike was driven around the ADB compound at full load of five passengers plus driver.

“But prior to this, we have already subjected the E-trike to various performance tests in the hills of Antipolo where it showed its capability to navigate steep grades. Its 3-kilowatt, 48-volt motor delivered a top speed of 60 kilometers per hour and performed well without any problem under varying terrains and driving conditions,” Marasigan said.

Lien added that with PhUV as its local partner, TECO is now more confident of the partnership’s capability to satisfy the huge requirement of the DOE to supply the various local governments nationwide with E-trikes.

“And with the smaller E-trike and the new generation electric jeepneys [E-Jeepneys] that we are currently co-developing with PhUV, we will be able to supply not only the open market but also meet the need of the market for more powerful and more efficient Evs,” he further said.

Marasigan disclosed that PhUV’s advantage is that being the pioneer in the EV industry in the country, it has over six years of solid experience in all aspects of the industry.

“Right now, we are the first and so far the only local E-trike assembler to have actually registered an E-trike with the Land Transportation Office,” he added.

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