Philippines OK's electric tricycles
The Philippines is to roll out 100,000 electric tricycles in an
effort to replace the petrol-powered ones that currently ply its cities,
one of the project's financiers said Tuesday.
The "e-trikes" would provide an alternative to the gas-guzzling,
smoke-belching motorised tricycles that now ferry Manila residents
through narrow streets not served by buses, the Asian Development Bank (ADB)
ADB energy specialist Sohail Hasnie said the lender hoped the e-trikes
would eventually replace some of the estimated 3.5 million gas-powered
motorcycles and tricycles already in use in the country.
"It will not stop at e-trike.
It will expand horizontally to other transports like buses... and
once that happens, nationwide, the country's consumption of oil will
come down," he said in a video message.
The $500 million project received the green-light Tuesday but a
launch date for the vehicles has not yet been set.
The e-trikes, powered by an electric motor with rechargeable
lithium-ion batteries, cost only $1.20 for a daily charge compared to
the $6-8 in fuel a normal tricycle burns every day, the ADB said There
has been generally favourable reaction to a pilot project of 20 e-trikes
that have been in service in one Manila district since last year, the
The ADB is lending the Philippines $300 million to acquire the
The project will also get an $105 million in a soft loan and grant
from the United Nations' Clean Technology Fund, which is administered by
the ADB, the bank said.
The Philippine government will provide $99 million.
The loans will also put up five solar charging stations so the e-trikes
can be powered up without drawing on the electrical grid, the ADB said.
Other countries have also expressed interest in the e-trikes, said
The Philippines hopes to eventually become a centre for manufacturing
these vehicles, he added.