Cavite unveils second e-charging station for e-trikes

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By Tom Noda The city government of Bacoor in Cavite inaugurated the country?s second charging station for electric tricycles (e-trikes) and urged local government units (LGUs) nationwide to follow suit. e-charging station Public officials led by city mayor Strike Revilla and Cavite second district congresswoman Lanie Mercado-Revilla along with executives of local manufacturer KEA Industrial Corporation, and the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (eVAP), formally unveiled the new e-charging station located outside the V Central Mall along Molino boulevard. “The e-trike is silent, economical and environment friendly. We hope all other LGUs will do the same. The country can save a lot when it comes to the fuel we import from other countries,” Revilla said. Latest reports revealed purchases of imported fuel grew 9.4 percent last year to $1.16 billion, making it the Philippines’s top imported commodity. E-trike drivers said recharging costs is half or more lower than the regular costs of refueling ordinary tricycles, which goes around P200 to P300 daily. Passengers are charged P7 minimum fare, which is cheaper than those charged by fuel-powered tricycles. The e-trikes run their routes from Monday to Saturday except on Sundays. Revilla said they expect a lot of tricycle operators to shift to e-trike as they learn more about the budget-friendly and environment-friendly vehicles. The second charging station will be commercially operated by KEA, charging P5 per 10-minute minimum charging time via the KEA charging vending machine that accepts only P5 coins. With a size of a mini-refrigerator, the main external parts of the steel-framed KEA charging vending machine are two coin slots with corresponding digital timers and two 220V outlets. Aside from the machine, the whole charging station also has a bench and a roof similar to a waiting shed. KEA will commercially operate the second charging station. The company assembles the e-trikes in a manufacturing plant in Barangay Mambos IV, in Bacoor City. KEA donated the first e-trike charging station to the Bacoor City last May, located just outside a McDonald’s store in St. Dominic along Molino boulevard. “The new charging station is the first viable commercial station in the Philippines. Many commuters also benefit from it since they can charge their cellphones there and other gadgets at the same cost while waiting for a ride,” said KEA vice president for manufacturing Edmund Araga. Since November of 2013, KEA has announced plans to build a network of seven e-trike charging stations in Bacoor City, three of which will be donated to the city. The two other charging stations will soon be constructed, one at the old City Hall and another at the new City Hall. According to KEA president Edgardo Araga, besides the charging station that it operates at the V Central mall, KEA will also erect and operate three other charging stations at Jolibee Zapote-Kalinisan, SM City Bacoor, and Mabolo 1. “These will all be completed within the next 12 months to provide the needed charging infrastructure to support the initial eight e-trikes that Bacoor City purchased from us,” the KEA president said, noting the e-trikes have been operating since they were donated to the city last March. Araga said with a 220W engine power rating, the e-trike’s maintenance-free battery has a 20-hour capacity of 120 Ah. An eight-hour charging time will endure up to eight to 10 hours or equivalent to 60 to 100 kilometer run. [gallery type="slideshow" ids="20788,20789,20790,20791,20792"] He added that the entire domestic electric vehicle industry is elated with the inclusion of EV parts and components and charging stations in the 2014 Investments Priority Program of the Board of Investments as this will give program participants some fiscal and non-fiscal incentives if they invest in these sectors. KEA has two versions of the e-trike: the “Bailey” passenger model and the “Rhine” pick-up type model for business application. “We started commercial production only exactly a year ago and now we are proud to say that our e-trikes have been subjected to and have passed stringent endurance, performance and durability tests on actual commercial runs for over nine months,” Araga said. “We are now in phase 2 of our drive to sell more e-trikes by putting up in advance the necessary infrastructure such as charging stations for the convenience of the e-trike operators.” ]]>

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