Administration pushes for use of e-Trikes to lessen dependence on petroleum

March 27, 2012 1:13 am 

MANILA, March 26 — The Aquino administration continues to push for the use of electric-powered tricycles or e-Trikes as part of the efforts to lessen the country's dependence on petroleum, a Palace official said on Monday.

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a regular press briefing in Malacanang on Monday that the use of e-Trikes will not only address the impact of the rising fuel prices in the world market but also the pollution problem in the country.

The use of e-Trikes also aims to increase the profits of the drivers and operators.

"The e-Trike is now subject to the approval of the NEDA (National Economic and Development Authority). So hopefully, ‘pag naayos na po ‘yan, we can roll it out. Right now, it’s ongoing in Mandaluyong," Lacierda said.

In its effort to support alternative sources of energy, the Department of Energy (DOE) is partnering with local government units to formulate a program to help cities and municipalities acquire e-Trikes.

A loan facility will be provided by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for industry market transformation through the introduction and adoption of energy efficient e-Trikes. The program aims to deploy 100,000 e-Trikes with lithium ion batteries in various key cities and provinces.

In April 2011, the DOE handed over 20 units of electric tricycles to the City of Mandaluyong and the commercial run of the e-Trikes started in May 2011.

With the help of local entrepreneurs, industry players, and technical experts, the DOE will also start piloting innovations in e-Jeepneys, e-Buses, and e-Cars. (PNA) DCT/PCOO/ssc

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