Ride-sharing giant Grab Philippines has recently launched the GrabTrike Premium service, in partnership with AutoItalia Philippines, Southeast Asia’s leading O2O mobile platform and the exclusive distributor of Piaggo Ape vehicles. This new mode of transportation aims to offer a more convenient ride to commuters in more cities in the country.
The GrabTrike Premium is an upgraded version of GrabTrike, which only hauls passengers using regular tricycles in Angeles, Pampanga and Balanga, Bataan. With that said, this joint project will be using 2,000 Euro-IV compliant Piaggio Ape City FI units, which is a reliable three-wheeled light commercial vehicle based on the Vespa-brand scooter.
Passengers can depend on the GrabTrike Premium service when it comes to comfort, safety, and convenience. This bike offers a total load capacity of 300 kg and has a larger space compared to the traditional tricycles. The GrabTrike can also be powered by either a frugal gas or diesel engine, which can go on a 38-km trip with one liter of gas.
As for the driver-partners, they can rely on the two companies for a better livelihood and welfare since the Ape vehicles will have an easier ownership access with little to no equity, so it’s a considered as a practical investment. Apart from that, they will also get free Grab merchandise, as well as pre-loaded smartphones with Grab app and an additional income from booking fees.
Since the franchise of tricycles are under the management of local government units (LGUs), Grab and AutoItalia will be working together with LGUs to take off this service to different areas.
The Binalonan Municipality Government in Pangasinan is the first to adopt the GrabTrike Premium service through the support of Municipal Mayor Ramon Guico III. As Grab’s 12th city to implement GrabTrike in the Philippines, Binalonan is now actively using 24 Piaggio Ape vehicles.
“We believe that this is a timely service that provides a lot of benefits to the riding public. It’s more economical than booking a car – particularly for short trips. For driver-partners, the low acquisition cost has been made even more affordable through our special financing plans.”