After pioneering the roll-out of e-jeepneys in the country, Muntinlupa City launched another sustainable green transport initiative in cooperation with the Department of Energy, the first in NCR.
The local government of Muntinlupa and DOE unveiled the Market Transformation through Introduction of Energy Efficient Electric Vehicles Project, dubbed as E-Trike Project, to promote energy efficiency and reduction of carbon dioxide footprint in the tricycle transport sector.
Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi graced the turn-over ceremony of the 150 e-Trike units together with DOE Energy Utilization and Management Bureau OIC Director Jesus Anunciacion on November 9 at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex, Brgy. Tunasan. The program was also attended by Muntinlupa Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association (TODA) members.
Fresnedi expressed his utmost thanks to the energy department for the donation of e-trike units and said the initiative will aid in local development programs on environmental protection, livelihood, tourism, among others.
“We are grateful for the assistance of the Department of Energy in facilitating sustainable development through the modernization of the tricycle transport sector in the city,” says the local exec.
The deployment of the units and selection of prospective drivers will be administered by the Tricycle Regulatory Unit of the Muntinlupa Traffic and Management Bureau (MTMB).
MTMB chief Danidon Nolasco said one month of testing period shall take place and the initial routes of the e-Trike units will include Centennial Avenue, Tunasan to Muntinlupa Sports Complex v.v. (Tunasan) and Muntinlupa National High School – Main to Bayan v.v. (Poblacion).
The local traffic bureau exec added that the fare in e-Trike units is initially pegged at nine (9) pesos as per local deployment plan. Nolasco noted that a boundary system for the drivers will be implemented in which collected fees will be used for the units’ maintenance and amortization.
He explained that prospective drivers may acquire a unit which costs 200,000 pesos through the boundary system. A down-payment shall be made in which fuel-powered tricycle units may be used as payment. Collected fees will then be utilized for purchasing additional e-trike units to facilitate sustainability of the project.
“We are offering the tricycle operators an alternative to the costly fuel-powered units. This has been the thrust of the local traffic bureau, in fact we have been conducting seminars on Euro4-powered units with tricycle operators associations,” Nolasco said.
Alabang TODA representative Ariel Lanting expressed their support to the initiative and encouraged the tricycle drivers to at least try the project.
The e-Trike units can load up to five passengers per unit and are equipped with on-board charger, 3.3kWh Li-on battery and 5.0 kW motor and can traverse flood water up to 300mm depth. It is also compliant to the Land Transportation Office’s (LTO’s) Road Worthiness Guidelines and Regulations.
The E-Trike Project is part of the Duterte administration’s E-Power Mo campaign.
Muntinlupa City has earned citations from local and international organizations for its sustainable transport system which include the ASEAN e-Mobility Award and Best Customer Experience in the Union Internationale des Transports Publics Awards.
E-TRIKES IN MUNTI: Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi (left) test drives one E-Trike Unit donation from the Department of Energy during the ceremonial turn-over of 150 E-Trike Units to the City Government of Muntinlupa last November 9 at Muntinlupa Sports Complex, Brgy. Tunasan. Muntinlupa City promotes energy efficiency and reduction of carbon dioxide footprint in the tricycle transport sector. Also shown in the photo are Muntinlupa Traffic Management Bureau chief Danidon Nolasco (center) and DOE Energy Utilization and Management Bureau OIC Director Jesus Anunciacion (right).
*Source: Public Information Office