E-jeep proponent unveils first battery swap program in PH

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Over 30 guests, including 22 British volunteers, attended the launch of the program in Bohol on Nov. 26. ?With a little practice, we expect the battery change to take the whole of 10 minutes, which is like a common stop in a gasoline station. The previous eight-hour charging process becomes a thing of the past with this program. It means eJeepney drivers can use their vehicles for a longer period and reduce battery depreciation as well,? said iCSC executive director Red Constantino. The Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (iCSC), which owns and operates the e-jeepney fleet in Makati City, designed and fabricated the battery program with the support of the British Embassy in Manila. The group is implementing the program in partnership with private sector groups Ejeepney Transport Corp (EJTC) and Motolite. The scheme is based on a simple roll-off, roll-on logistical set-up, using e-jeepneys retrofitted with battery trays and a battery loading bay at the e-jeepney depot. A dispatcher rolls out spent battery sets of an e-jeepney and replaces it with a fully charged set through a palette lifter manufactured by iCSC. The battery swapping system is located in Makati City?s Fire Station, the site of the country?s first battery-charging station for electric vehicles. E-jeepney units plying the country?s first two routes ? the Legazpi Village loop and the Salcedo Village loop ? will utilize the battery swap pilot system, which will be run by iCSC, EJTC, Motolite and Makati City jointly. The battery-swapping project aims to accelerate the expansion of electric public utility vehicle applications in the Philippines by increasing the operating time of electric jeepney fleets while reducing time used to charge e-jeepney batteries. The pilot test period will take place from October 19, 2011 to February 14, 2012. Partners in the initiative hope data from the project can promote a more rapid transition to low carbon transport in the Philippines. ?E-jeepneys represent carry huge business potential and improvements in operations such as this scheme can create new revenue streams for groups interested not just in e-jeepney operations but in battery leasing as well,? said the CEO of EJTC, Yuri Sarmiento. ?We are with you not as passengers but as partners. Together, we can steer our way to a brighter, more sustainable and prosperous future,? said Trevor Lewis, the British Embassy?s deputy head of mission in remarks made during the event. ]]>

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