Energy Department eyeing 100,000 Electric Trikes Nationwide


The Department of Energy (DOE) is looking to deploy 100,000 locally made electric trikes nationwide to reduce the dependence on fossil fuel and carbon dioxide emissions.

The E-trike project was presented by DOE Senior Research Specialist for E – Trike, Christian Luke Sevilla, at a multi – sectoral forum on cleaner alternative fuels and energy technologies in Dumaguete City.

The forum discussed DOE’s programs on alternative fuels including the E – trike and the auto – LPG program.

The transport sector cannot survive another oil shock and it could hamper the economy if no alternatives are made available, DOE Supervising Science Research Specialist Frederic Domingo said in the forum.

He added that the transport sector consumes 80% of the imported oil in the country and 30% of the energy source.

DOE is looking for local government units who are interested in adopting the e-trike project. LGUs interested in implementing the project may apply for a loan at the Landbank of the Philippines for the procurement of the e – trike units.

In Metro Manila, Binondo and Malate will be the first cities to be plied with the E – trikes, as tourism and businesses are strong in those two areas.

An E – Trike unit costs P455, 917 and can be paid through a “boundary hulog” scheme. Recipients of the units will pay around P400 “boundary” for five years.

The unit comes with a five – year warranty and a three – year comprehensive insurance and LTO registration.