By Wilnard Bacelonia

ILIGAN CITY, Oct 26 (PIA-ICCC) — The Department of Energy Alternative Fuels and Energy Technology (DoE-AFET) turned over today 15 e-trike units to the Local Government of Marawi City as part of its Market Transformation Through Introduction of Energy-efficient Electric Vehicle project.

The third batch of e-trikes was delivered by the Philippine Navy vessel BRP Batak (LC299) at the Port of Iligan which traveled two and a half days from Naval Station Sangley Point in Cavite City.

Following the arrival of the first batch last June 4 with 10 units and the second batch with 11 units last Monday, October 22, the Local Government of Marawi City now has a total of 36 e-trikes unit out of 200 as agreed on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by DoE Secretary Alfonso Cusi, Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) chairperson and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Secretary Eduardo del Rosario and Marawi mayor Majul Gandamra January 12 this year.

Jorge Bitoon, senior science research specialist of DoE-AFET noted that each e-trike unit costs around 450,000 pesos are equipped with five-kilowatt electric motor and three kilowatts/hour Toshiba lithium-ion batteries.

“From drain, it can be fully charged at around two to three hours. If it is used for 15 minutes, it can be tap charged on any outlet because it has an onboard charger,” Bitoon explained.

Designed and conceptualized by the Japanese company BEMAC Electric Transportation, Inc., the DoE e-trike is proudly Filipino made and guaranteed safe by the agency.

Meanwhile, the Local Government of Marawi city is eyeing the e-trike project as a start to be a more environment-friendly city.

“We are always here to support our people if ever they will embrace a more environment-friendly transport vehicle. I think Mayor Majul Gandamra will support this kind of advocacy. This is not only for livelihood purposes but also for our environment,” said Marawi City Mayor’s office representative Abdul Mohksin Acraman.

Acraman also explained that the Local Government of Marawi City is still on the process of identifying the beneficiaries of the e-trikes.

“We now have 36 e-trikes and I think, we will have wait to until it reaches 100 units before we distribute. We want to make sure that these e-trikes will be given to the people who really need it,” Mohksin added.

Each DoE e-trike comes with tools, vest, goggles and user’s manual. (WLBacelonia/PIA-ICCC)