More local electric vehicle industry players are now establishing more synergies to further strengthen the push for EVs in the country. Electric tricycle manufacturer Kea Industrial Corporation recently signed a memorandum of agreement with Talino EV, developer and manufacturer of battery management systems for lithium ion batteries.
The two are pioneers and frontrunners in the local EV industry in their respective fields. In the agreement, Talino EV will supply lithium ion batteries with BMS to be used on Kea’s electric tricycle fleet in Bacoor, Cavite. Kea has been operating about 10 electric tricycles (e-trikes) in Bacoor, Cavite in partnership with the local government headed by its Strike Revilla, its progressive mayor.
Edmund Araga, vice president of Kea Industrial revealed that this is the first time Kea will use lithium ion batteries to take advantage of the longer range that they give compared to the traditional deep cycle, lead acid batteries.
“We are glad to work with Talino EV who gave us a very good solution for our battery requirements for our Bacoor electric tricycle fleet. They also enabled us to hurdle one of the major obstacles in e-trike fleet operations – a longer range at less weight, less space needed and more importantly, shorter charging time.”
“Bacoor is only the start, we will soon offer our complete e-trike solution to other LGUs [local government units]nationwide. Bacoor is our proof of concept. Now that we have proven that our EV technology really works, we are now ready to offer our system nationwide and replicate the operations template we have developed from our Bacoor operations”, he said.
Talino EV, on the other hand, introduced its “Pay Per Use” program where an operator does not have to pay for the whole lithium ion battery system and BMS in one go. “With this business model, we have incorporated a software in our battery management system which determines the total distance that your e-trike traveled and you only pay for that specific distance. This makes investment in a lithium battery system less painful for the pocket,” said Talino EV president Henry Abreu.
The Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) headed by Rommel Juan celebrates this mutual agreement between its two leading member companies. “The reason we established EVAP was to gather together all the credible EV industry players in the country so we can promote the use of EVs nationwide. Creating synergies and partnerships like this is a testament that our efforts are paying off. Kea and Talino EV have a great EV solution now. We hope other cities will emulate.”
Kea Industrial and Talino EV will display their electric tricycle solution at the forthcoming Philippine EV Summit 2016 at the Meralco Multipurpose Hall in Pasig City on April 14 to 15, 2016. For inquiries about the EV Summit, call 930-7003 and look for Lani Labrador.