Township e-jeepneys ‘proof of concept’ for electric vehicles


COMPLETE electric vehicle systems have been deployed in several real estate developments, including Filinvest City in Alabang as well as one each in Bacolod and Iloilo, the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) said.
EVAP President Rommel T. Juan said the complete systems are the “proof of concept examples that show people that EV transport programs really work.”

“Now we can show these to traditional public transport operators to entice them to go electric,” he said in a statement.

A complete electric vehicle transport solution puts together electric vehicles designed for local roads, a battery charging or swapping system and vehicle retail financing. Mr. Juan said this package is the “key to attracting the traditional public transport practitioners to go electric.”

In the Philippines, the largest fleet of about 20 electric jeepneys, or e-jeepneys, operates in Filinvest City in Alabang, where they have become a regular fixture for commuters. The fleet is managed by Electric Vehicle Expansion Enterprises, Inc., which runs, maintains, charges and operates the e-jeepneys.

Mr. Juan said the company also trains its drivers on the “proper driving techniques, decorum and safety.”

“This is a system that may be replicated in other areas where green transport is being promoted,” he said, adding that drivers even wear uniforms and e-jeepneys “are dispatched and closely monitored daily.”

In the provinces, Mr. Juan said Vista Land & Lifescapes, Inc. had deployed e-jeepneys in its property development projects in Las Piñas, Bacolod and Iloilo, which are operated by its subsidiary Metro Express Connect, Inc. The e-jeepneys transport residents to and from the nearest major thorough fares and commercial establishments.

EVAP earlier said that it was projecting the delivery of 1,200 additional electric tricycles to Mandaluyong to replace the smoke-belching two-stroke tricycles. This was after the installation of a complete transport solution package that includes battery charging and maintenance for these cleaner energy vehicles.

Globally, 2015 saw the threshold of 1 million electric cars on the road finally exceeded, as the year closed with 1.26 million units, the International Energy Agency said a report released this month.

“In 2014, only about half of today’s electric car stock existed. In 2005, electric cars were still measured in hundreds. 2015 also saw more than 200 million electric two wheelers on the road, and 170,000 buses, primarily in China,” said the organization that aims to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for its 29-member countries.

“There are an estimated total of 1.45 million electric car charging points worldwide in 2015. Publicly accessible charging facilities have been following the growth trend of the electric car stock in the past year,” it said.