by Philippine News Agency, Interaksyon.com
The Department of Energy (DOE) is pursuing its electric tricycle (E-Trike) Project amid its technical, financial, and social challenges, as it is confident the project objectives were aligned with the government thrust of reducing the transport sector’s reliance on fossil fuels and uplifting the standard of living of tricycle drivers.
The Project envisions reducing the transport sector’s gasoline consumption by 561,000 barrels per year, thereby avoiding 260,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually. This is made possible by replacing 100,000 gasoline-fed tricycle units with energy efficient e-trikes.
The project will also boost the incomes of e-trike drivers through the savings in fuel cost and create local jobs from the establishment of manufacturing companies and associated after-sales services.