By Melvn G. Calimag | Posted on June 30, 2012 | Manila Standard Today
The Department of Energy (DOE) said its electric tricycle (e-trike) project is capable of reducing the transport sector’s gasoline consumption by 561,000 barrels per year, thereby avoiding 260,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.
The DOE said this can be achieved by replacing 100,000 gasoline-fed tricycle units with energy-efficient e-trikes.
The project is also expected to boost the income of e-trike drivers through savings in fuel cost and create local jobs from the establishment of companies that manufacture e-trikes and associated after-sales services.
The DOE said there is also no basis for the fears of stakeholders that the introduction of e-trikes will put an additional burden on the supply of electricity due to increase in demand.
The agency said e-trikes will be charged during low peak hours or in the evenings, which contributes to higher utilization of available generation capacities.
In the case of off-grid areas, e-trike electricity requirements will be sourced from solar-powered charging stations, thus contributing further to a cleaner environment.
The e-trike project will put the Philippines at the forefront in terms of efficient, environment-friendly, and sustainable transport system.