The Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP), the single voice of the electric vehicle industry in the country, has revealed that after years of developing the electric vehicle industry in the country, its members have now developed several Electric Tricycle Programs that may be offered to LGUs around the country. The better news is that all of them are locally assembled, thus more local employment and business opportunities are generated.
EVWealth has produced a six-passenger ETrike with rear entrance and center-facing bench seats (picture above). It is powered by a 48-volt lithium ion battery and has provisions for fast and easy battery swapping.
More than 100 ETrikes have already been deployed in Mandaluyong and there are plans to expand to the neighboring cities. It is so far the biggest ever single deployment of ETrikes in a community.
EVWealth finances the units direct to the tricycle drivers at a fixed daily amortization, thus the driver ends up owning the ETrike at the end of the loan period. For the convenience of the drivers, battery charging and swapping stations are conveniently located in Mandaluyong where a fixed amount is charged for every battery swap.
For the convenience of the drivers, EVWealth even has mobile swapping stations and for emergency cases, a door-to-door delivery service of fresh batteries. This eliminates the range anxiety of the drivers.
2. Kea Industrial
This Cavite-based EV company has partnered with local EV technology solutions provider Talino EV to come up with its own lithium ion battery system complete with a battery management system for its ETRike.
They have a five-seater, side entrance model that can now be seen in many private industrial complexes and residential developments in Cavite.
Today, there is a fleet of 10 ETrikes going around the green city of Bacoor under the E-strike program of Mayor Strike Revilla. The LGU has given incentives to ETrikes by doing away with the franchise fee that is supposed to be paid.
This company won the bid to supply an initial 3,000 ETrikes to the Department of Energy for distribution to the different LGUs around the country. But even before that, Bemac has already launched its ETrikess in Boracay. They have a 48 volt, 5 kw model called the 68VM that is a charge-anywhere model but can also be fast-charged.
4. Tojo Motors
Tojo Motors is one of the earliest companies to offer a complete ETtrike program in Boracay . They now use a state of the art 48 volt, 7 kw ETrike model. They also provide battery charging and swapping services to make sure that the ETrikes will not have any downtime at all.
EVAP President Rommel Juan says that all of these companies are blazing the trail towards a greener mobility highway for the Philippines. “They all wish to tap a huge market of 1.2 million regular tricycles that are aching to be replaced nationwide. And once the technology goes full throttle and gains more acceptance worldwide, these companies may export their technologies and products to other countries. The Philippines will then be the EV hub of Asia. This we hope to see in the near future."