Taiwanese firm launches PH-assembled electric tricycles

By Edd K. Usman

By 2020, two out of ten tricycles in the Philippines will run on electricity, according to an executive of a Taiwanese company that assembles electric tricycles locally.

Ropali-Teco Corporation President Eric Lin poses on an eTrike assembled at Subic Bay Freeport Zone. (EKU)

Ropali-Teco Corporation President Eric Lin poses on an eTrike assembled at Subic Bay Freeport Zone

Twenty percent of the 3.5 million tricycles in the country will no longer be powered by fuel but by electricity, said Eric Lin, president of Ropali-Teco (Roteco) Corporation, which is based in Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Olongapo City.

“Filipinos have been successfully educated about the shift to electric vehicles,” Lin said, adding that this mindset will work in the company’s favor.

He made this prediction during his presentation at the launch of his company’s eTrike during the recently-held Taiwan Expo 2017 on Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City.

Costing $5,000 each, the company’s eTrike has five seats and will run 80 to 100 kilometers on a full charge, Lin said.

The eTrike was tested for six months in Subic and also in Cauayan, Isabela, and Castillejos, Zambales, he said, adding the reviews from local government executives have been positive.

Mexico had ordered five units which were already shipped, he said.

According to Lin, the company is also strictly implementing Taiwan’s manufacturing quality control standards at its Subic facility.

Besides the Philippines, Lin sees good business opportunities for electric tricycles in Thailand, which has 30,000 tuk-tuk vehicles in Bangkok, and India with 43 million diesel and natural gas tricycles.

At the expo, several Taiwanese brands demonstrated their various Internet of Things (IoT) solutions.

Vivotek displayed the features of its latest stereo network camera, the SC8131, that generates data as it tracks the number of people and their flow paths.

Meanwhile, Acer’s Being Signage was also showcased, providing retailers with assistance in the entire digital marketing process, from consultation to operation.

The Taiwan expo was organized by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), saying that it aimed to showcase “new solutions that revolutionize businesses, governments, and consumers and how they interact with the physical world as we know it today.”

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