DOE awards 3,000 e-trike units for Metro Manila, other areas

A notice of award (NoA) has already been served by the Department of Energy (DOE) to a Filipino-Japanese joint venture for the preliminary rollout of 3,000 electric tricycle (e-trike) units that will be deployed in Metro Manila and Region 4 provinces.

In an interview with reporters, DOE Undersecretary Donato Marcos disclosed that the award notice has been with Japanese firm Uzushio Electric Co. Ltd. and local firm BEMAC Electric Transportation Philippines, Inc.

The energy official noted that the winning bidder will be given 28 days “to complete the requirements” before they can move forward with the award of the contract. The NoA was officially received by the winning bidder Monday (January 18).

Marcos said they have yet to observe the viability of the initially deployed fleets before advancing into the next round of bidding for additional e-trikes.

As indicated, the cost of an e-trike per unit has been pegged at P450,000 to P460,000 – inclusive of warranty, insurance and maintenance costs.

The energy official admitted that they are falling short of the 20,000 rollout target under the Aquino administration – and even farther to the ultimate goal of 100,000 units.

Beyond the rollout of e-trike fleets, he said the government will also package the electric vehicle (EV) program for jeepneys and buses.

The high-end target on e-vehicles is a policy direction that the Aquino administration will be passing on to its successor – an initiative carved by this regime to pare also the country’s carbon footprints.

The transport sector is among those blamed for carbon dioxide emissions that have been contributing to the world’s climate change risks.

The Philippine e-vehicle program is underpinned by up to $500-million funding commitments from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Clean Technology Fund.