THE electric tricycle dubbed as “e-trike” project is proposed as basic mode of commuter transportation in Davao Oriental.
Davao Oriental Governor Nelson Dayanghirang said he is open to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) innovation for green and energy efficient public transport, thus the proposal.
Last August 2 during the DOE’s courtesy call, Dayanghirang said he will review the project documents and will help endorse the concept to the Local Government Units.
“This is a timely innovation as the province is aggressively promoting its eco-tourism and putting up environmentally- friendly projects are always a welcome initiative here,” he said in a press statement.
DOE’s Senior Science Research Specialist, Simon Leonor said that the e-trike project is part of the department’s Alternative Fuel Program.
The programs, he said, aims to tap “energy source and technologies that is an alternative to fossil fuel”.
“The promotion of energy-efficient and clean technologies will help to ensure energy security,” he said.
The energy department is seen to collaborate with the local government in placing enabling environment for the transport groups so that they could easily avail the project.
According to an Asian Development Bank (ADB) - bankrolled project, the e-trike project involves a loan agreement implemented under the “Market Transformation through introduction of Energy efficient electric vehicles” project.
Leonor further explained that the e-trike project compared to the fuel-powered counterparts will result to higher income in the long run.
The e-trike has low-operating cost at 7kWh of electricity pegged at only P80. It also has five-year warranty of 80,000 kilometer.
“Among its advantages are cheaper to run, pollution-free, noise reduction and more efficient.” he said.
The e-trike is considered as a promising project by DOE, it is an innovative solution that could address the problem on pollution.
It is also DOE’s offers to utilize clean energy and promote conservation of power in the light of the ever expanding economy and growing population. (WNNarisma and EABuhian, Addu interns/with ASP)