DLSU flexes EV initiative project with its concept van called “FLEV” at the 10th Philippine EV Summit

November 11, 2022

The De La Salle University – Enrique K. Razon Jr. Logistics Institute, through funding from the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) developed a concept electric vehicle built on an ingenious “flexible” skateboard-type chassis. The frame has been meticulously designed to make it modular and reconfigurable to different variants. Current available configurations include a passenger van, a single cab pickup, a double cab pickup, and a cargo van.

The project is made possible also through partnerships with the following entities:

• Tojo Motors Corp, manufacturing and engineering partner• Solutions Plus, international collaborator

• City of Pasig, pilot demonstration partner

• PHLPost, pilot demonstration partner

• Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology

Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD), funding agency.

The passenger van configuration is a Class 1 public utility vehicle with a carrying capacity of 13 passengers. It has one side door on the right side which is designed to be wide enough for wheelchair access. A pull-out ramp can be built by the side entrance to accommodate this. This configuration also has a rear door for emergency purposes. This also comes with sliding glass windows.

On the other hand, the cargo van configuration comes with blacked-out windows. While it also has a side door on the right, the main access is designed to be from the rear. Pickup versions are also available for utility use. The cargo and pickup variants have a payload capacity of approximately 900kg.

The product also comes with advanced features. The vehicle has a battery liquid cooling system for improved battery performance and utilization. It also comes with an Android head unit equipped with a GPS-powered fleet management system, passenger counting capabilities, charging intelligence and predictive maintenance intelligence. Fleet operators can also avail of the complimentary passenger and cargo booking app.

The developmental prototype of this vehicle was on display during the 10th Philippine EV Summit in SMX Convention Center, Pasay City. The first alpha prototypes are targeted to be launched and piloted in Pasig City by December 2022, while the beta versions are expected to come out by Q4 2023.

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Randolph de Leon
Randy is a person with disability (PWD), a partially-blinded person with only his left eye functioning. Since childhood, the automobile has always been his passion, and is able to express it through photography and most recently, through writing as well. Outside the motoring beat, Randy spends time manning the media aspect of his business which he co-founded with his sister/college classmate. It's called Dragonlight Wellness and Solutions, a multi-business venture centering on improving peoples' lives through earning.