The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) began its locally made 23 seater electric jeepneys (e-jeepney) initial run in Muntinlupa, specifically in Alabang.
EVAP engineers created the e-jeepney, while the DOST funded Php4.9 million for the prototyping, research and development of the e-jeepneys.
Enrico Paringit, the executive director of DOST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, Emerging Technology Research and Development said that Tojo Motors is already committed to adopting the technology and the manufacturing of the 23-seater e-jeepney.
There is an encouraging call for fellow friends from the same industry to work together in energizing the transport industry to fully transform and adopt the use of electric vehicles (EV).
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This includes the help of the government and the private sector to create supportive mechanisms which include leasing and financing to enable a seamless manufacturing of the vehicles.
The DOST stated that this project’s objectives are focused on environment-friendly alternatives in the transport sector.
It is believed that e-jeepneys could free the industry from the issue of skyrocketing fossil fuel prices while protecting the environment at the same time. This could also reduce the reliance of people in fossil fuels, resulting in an improved air quality.
design befitting a third world country-
totally ugly & old. design should be more current. and why wasn’t the colorful jeepney the Philippines is known for embodied?
more fun in the Philippines !
Need to know more on this project. I Am very interested since the desire is to give opportunity of the individuals “in the kawan” for their living.
No comment about the design as long as it works and will last long. I was wondering about the vehicle’s spare parts, it should be available once they released and operated this prototype. What will be next step for those old jeepneys and other baby buses that produces diesel engine smoke?