Following the development of modern jeepneys in the country, another means of transportation is moving along towards electrification. The Department of Energy (DOE) has officially handed out 150 units of e-trike to the City Government of Muntinlupa through Mayor Jaime Fresnedi.
With this generous contribution, Muntinlupa City is the first of four cities in NCR to obtain e-trikes from the DOE. The donation of these e-trikes is in line with the local government of Muntinlupa and DOE’s e-trike project to promote energy efficiency and carbon dioxide footprint reduction for the betterment of the transport sector.
Apart from Muntinlupa City, the DOE had also signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with other cities including Las Pinas, Pateros, and Valenzuela regarding the donation of e-trikes at the DOE headquarters. The e-trike project is part of the Duterte administration’s E-Power Mo campaign.
The deployment of the e-trike units, as well as the selection of potential drivers, will be handled by the Tricycle Regulatory Unit of the Muntinlupa Traffic and Management Bureau (MTMB). These e-trikes will have a one-month testing period and if you want to experience riding on one, these modern tricycles will run on initial routes including Centennial Avenue, Tunasan to Muntinlupa Sports Complex (Tunasan) and Muntinlupa National High School – Main to Bayan (Poblacion).
The e-trike units can accommodate up to five passengers and are integrated with an onboard charger. It fits a 3.3kWh Li-on battery and 5.0 kW motor and is capable of crossing a 300mm depth flood water. Not bad for the rainy season.
According to the local deployment plan, the fare on e-trike is initially fixed at nine pesos. The driver’s boundary system, on the other hand, will then be implemented in which collected payments will be allotted for the unit’s maintenance and amortization.