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Muntinlupa receives 150 e-trikes from DOE

The Muntinlupa City government received 150 electronic tricycles or e-trike units from
the Department of Energy (DOE) on Friday in an effort to promote energy efficiency and
clean technologies in the transport sector.

DOE City Government of Muntinlupa

(City Government of Muntinlupa – OFFICIAL/ Facebook)


The turnover ceremony was followed by a test drive of the units led by DOE officials, Asst. Sec. Leonido Pulido III and Usec. Donato Marcos, and Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex.

Muntinlupa is dubbed as the “E-Jeepney Capital of the Philippines” and one of the local government units leading in the electric and vehicle revolution in the country.

The E-trikes feature a five-kilowatt electric motor, a three kilowatt hour Lithium-Ion Battery, an on board charger and a battery management system. A fully-charged unit can run up to three hours and comfortably fit up to five passengers.

“We are glad to be one of the first cities to be awarded E-trikes by DOE, this will help us continue promoting alternative and renewable energy,” said Fresnedi.

Ayala-Alabang will be the pilot barangay to be provided with 20 units.

The Muntinlupa Traffic Management Bureau (MTMB) will assist partner cooperatives who will work with drivers and operators in their transition to using the E-trikes.

The ownership of these will eventually be transferred to the cooperative members, upon meeting terms of operational agreements.


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JICA, Quezon City make efforts to reduce air pollution by piloting 20 e-trikes from BEMAC-Uzushio Electric Co.

The Quezon City local government is piloting the use of 20 electric tricycles from a Japanese company in a move to reduce air pollution and provide alternate means of commuting among its residents. 

Said move is part of local government efforts to encourage use of electric vehicles and lessen greenhouse gas emissions. 

Japanese company BEMAC-Uzushio Electric Co. introduced the electric tricycles under the Partnership with the Private Sector Scheme of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) that encourages Japanese private sector to participate in win-win partnerships with developing countries. 

"Sharing Japanese technology is one way JICA continues to assist the Philippines in addressing its development challenges. With this project with the Quezon City government, we aim to support the Philippines in addressing air pollution woes and alternate accessible transport means," said JICA Senior Representative Tetsuya Yamada. 

Motor vehicles account for 80% of air pollution in Metro Manila, a 2016 report from the Department of Natural and Environment Resources (DENR) said. 

Under the project, BEMAC will study the feasibility of an electric tricycle business model in the Philippines. Fleet shifting from gasoline-powered vehicles to electric vehicles can result in the reduction of air pollutants by more than half for equivalent emissions, according to a study by the Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology (College of Science, UP Diliman). Powered by a lithium-ion battery, BEMAC's electric tricycles are equipped with state-of-the-art Japanese technology such as the Power Control Unit (PCU). The PCU is composed of the vehicle control unit responsible for maintaining the various components of the electric vehicle at ideal conditions, as well as the motor, inverter, and other important parts. 

Aside from electric tricycles, JICA is also sharing Japanese technology with the Philippines through a number of Japanese private sector projects in wastewater treatment and water purification system, among others.

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The 20 e-tricycles will be used in the routes shown above.


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The use of e-trikes is promoted by the Quezon City local government to reduce air pollution and provide

alternative means of commuting among its residents (photo from QC-LGU)


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E.R.A.P. Manila electric tricycle project - Second batch of beneficiaries ready

The City of Manila is now being plied by electric tricycles. Called the E-Vehicle and Assistance Program (E.R.A.P) Manila Project, the program is part of Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada plan to uplift the lives of the city’s “poorest of the poor” by having a sustainable source of income and improve the community.


Last April 2017, Manila held the first program launch and formal turnover of 80 68VM electric tricycles to the first batch of driver-beneficiaries.BEMAC Electric Transportation Philippines Incorporated supplied the city of Manila 280 68VM electric tricycles.

The E-trike are set to a daily boundary price of Php150.00 payable upon four years and were subsidized with free electricity charges for one year. After which, the driver-beneficiaries will then be the sole owner of their electric tricycle.

The initial batch of electric tricycles is now operating within the third district of Manila and the very first ever terminal and charging station is located at San Lorenzo Ruiz Plaza.Now, Manila is building four more charging station to support the E.R.A.P. Manila Project of Electric Tricycle. 


Thru the efforts of Manila City District IV Councilor Eduardo "BIMBO" V. Quintos three additional charging stationsare now being constructed at the Manila Motorpool, Antipolo Street, and at San Nicolas to further create awareness and implementation of the livelihood program.

At present, the city is very busy undertaking steps to expand the list of beneficiaries of this livelihood program. According to City Government of Manila, they target to complete the deployment and distribution for the rest of the e-trike units within the year.


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10 e-trikes start plying routes in San Fernando City

E-TRIKES LAUNCHED  — Electric tricycles or e-trikes start to ply along San Fernando City, La Union this week. Ten e-trikes were launched on Tuesday in Barangay Tanqui as part of the city’s environment-friendly mode of transportation program. (Erwin G. Beleo)

E-TRIKES LAUNCHED — Electric tricycles or e-trikes start to ply along San Fernando City, La Union this week. Ten e-trikes were launched on Tuesday in Barangay Tanqui as part of the city's environment-friendly mode of transportation program. (Erwin G. Beleo)

San Fernando City, La Union — In its bid to promote environment-friendly modes of transportation, the city launched the other day the new route of 10 electronic tricycles or e-trikes in this province’s capital.

“The plan is to have an organized system of transportation here,” said Noel Dimaano, the sales and division marketing of Bemac Electric Transportation Philippines Inc., during the launch in Barangay Tanqui, here.

Dimaano said the city government designated the fixed routes of the e-trikes so that passengers can be conveyed to key government offices and tourist attractions around the city.

The City Government of San Fernando partnered with Bemac, a subsidiary of Japanese firm Uzushio Electric Co. Ltd., for the launching of the e-trikes.

Under the partnership, Bemac allowed the e-trikes to ply the routes for free in the next three months so that passengers can have a feel of the new mode of transport.

Dimaano said that after this phase, passengers will have to pay P15.00 each for a 6-kilometer long ride along the designated routes.

Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer Katherine Muller confirmed that the company has been given authority to operate in the city. “When its trial run becomes successful, there will be a need to form an association of e-trike drivers who will handle the units,” she said.

Rose Ann Valdez, City Environment and Natural Resources Office coordinator, said the e-trikes have their own designated routes to avoid competition with fuel-powered tricycles.


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BEMAC Change of Domain - New Website Address

With the objective of fast and easy contents updating the BEMAC Electric Transportation Philippines website, has been transferred to new domain.

Effective May 22, 2017 we are excited to announce that we are changing our domain and website address.
We have registered and officially owned the domain name from April 2017.

Previous website address still available but redirected to new website address

This change will allows us to incorporate BEMAC website into our business activities.



BEMAC, Newly Appointed Chairman - KAZUO NAGAI

Kazuo Nagai copyWe are happy to announce that our company, BEMAC Electric Transportation Philippines Incorporated, has newly appointed chairman. 

His name is Mr. Kazuo Nagai.

We hope that under his leadership and guidance, our company will continue to improve its businesses and the economy and social  conditions of the Philippines.                                                        

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Manila launches E-trike program


The electric tricycle or E-Trike program of Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada finally kicked off on Wednesday with the formal turnover of 50 environment-friendly tricycles to the first batch of driver-beneficiaries in Binondo.

Estrada hopes his E-trike project will help uplift the lives of the city’s “poorest of the poor” by providing them with an alternative and sustainable source of income. 

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The Estrada administration is launching its E-trike project to combat air pollution and improve the livelihood of some 1,500 legally franchised tricycle drivers in the city.


"This is primarily a livelihood program with the main objective of providing our poor tricycle and 'kuliglig' drivers an upgraded public transport vehicle which they can call their own, and from which they could earn more," the Manila mayor pointed out.

"Here, they don't need to pay any 'boundary' [installment payments]," Estrada added, "and the costs of charging their E-trikes' batteries will even be subsidized by the city government."

The Estrada administration is launching its E-trike project to combat air pollution and improve the livelihood of some 1,500 legally franchised tricycle drivers in the city.

Aside from these, there are about 25,000 colorum tricycles, pedicabs and kuliglig or motorized pedicabs operating in the city.

The city government has bought 280 units of E-trikes, at P400,000 each, for distribution this year. The Manila Electric Co. or Meralco has constructed several charging stations, the first in Binondo.

The Japanese-manufactured E-trikes run on gel-type batteries than can be fully charged in just five hours. It can carry up to six passengers and has a maximum speed of 40-45 kilometer per hour (kph).

Estrada said the city government will procure "thousands" more of these E-Trikes to gradually replace fuel-run tricycles in the coming years, thus complementing the city government's efforts to reduce air pollution in the city.

"They would be driver-operators in a matter of four years. How much to they need to pay daily? (A small amount). They'll even charge their batteries for free," he added.

The E-trikes will be financed through a "boundary-hulog" system where the driver-owners will only pay the city government P250 a day for four years at zero interest, Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau chief Dennis Alcoreza said.
The E-Trikes will have exclusively franchised routes, so as not to compete with fuel-run tricycles, he added.

The first batch of 50 beneficiaries were all residents of District 3, which has been chosen as the pilot site for the E-trike project. The district covers the areas of Binondo, Quiapo, San Nicolas, and Sta. Cruz.

E-Trikes will also be introduced in Malate, Ermita, and University Belt, per Alcoreza.

"This project is entirely a livelihood program for the masses. The city of Manila is not intending to profit from this livelihood program, unlike other financing institutions. We'll have no profits, no add-ons," Alcoreza stressed.

"We just want to provide the poorest of the poor the opportunity to earn more for them to improve their kind of living," he added.

BEMAC, Puerto Princesa to pilot electric tricycles

BEMAC Electric Transportation Philippines Inc. has signed a memorandum of understanding with the City Government of Puerto Princesa for a pilot operation of two electric tricycles within the city.

BEMAC is giving the e-Trikes to Puerto Princesa for free and shall operate them until the end of 2016. Puerto Princesa Mayor Lucilo R. Bayron signed the MOU with Yvonne Palomar-Castro, Bemac Electric Transportation Philippines vice president for Sales, Marketing and After Sales.

Puerto Princesa has a history of undertaking projects to promote environmental sustainability and preservation. The United Nations declared the city as a "Biospheric Reserve," and is acknowledged to be the country's last ecological frontier.

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WWF Partners with BEMAC for Earth Hour to Promote Clean Transport

Earlier this month, the Philippines once again participated in the annual international Earth Hour Event, switching off lights for one hour to promote the reduction of carbon emissions. World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the organizer of the event, held the main stage at the Quezon City Memorial Circle. The organizers intended the event to be a showcase of climate solutions, featuring renewable sources of energy.

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