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.
As early as 2010, Puerto Princesa has been in the vanguard of local government units spearheading the use of electric vehicles, with the deployment of electric jeepneys or e-Jeeps. Six years later, the city continues its initiatives through this collaborative project with BEMAC.
The e-Trike BEMAC model 68VM was designed to meet Japanese standards of quality and reliability, while introducing innovations never seen before in the local EV industry.
BEMAC will also train drivers and operators of e-trikes in Puerto Princesa, and "its assistance in instilling technical expertise with the local government unit will be a strong foundation for any future endeavor of the city with electric vehicles," the company said in a statement.
"The operation of these e-Trikes will serve as crucial data-gathering for the deployment of [more] e-Trikes in the city, as they will ply strategic routes servicing the commuting public," BEMAC added.
Both the firm and the city government hope that findings from this data "may be beneficial for the further implementation of more e-Trikes throughout the country."
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