The Davao City government and Aboitiz-led Davao Light and Power Company, together with other partners, have recently launched Mindanao’s first e-bus system.
Jointly developed by Davao Light, GET Philippines, and Spanish firm QEV Technologies, the BEST (Business for Environmentally Sustainable Transformation) Bus is the city and the island region’s first fully electric, free ride shuttle service.
Each bus has a maximum capacity of 30 persons, but only half will be accommodated for now to align with health and safety measures in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Davao City’s quarantine status was returned to general community quarantine in November following a spike in cases.
Mayor Sara Duterte thanked Davao Light and GET Philippines for providing a safer and more convenient transport experience for Dabawenyos, as well as helping the city achieve a sustainable future.
Aside from being emission-free, the buses are equipped with Internet connection and have ramps and wheelchair slots for persons with disabilities.
Aboitiz Equity Ventures President and CEO Sabin Aboitiz said the BEST Bus intends to promote a safe and easy way for public transport passing through two downtown routes using eco-friendly technology.
Davao Light President and COO Rodger Velasco, for his part, reaffirmed the company’s commitment to looking for ways to support the city without harming the environment.
Photo courtesy: Davao Light/Philippine News Agency