Manila set to roll out ?e-trikes? as transport mode

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e-trike City Administrator Ericson “Jojo” Alcovendaz said the e-trikes will be initially fielded in the Ermita and Malate areas, noting that ?Manila is the country’s show window to the world. One of the major positive results that we expect from this e-trike program is that it will boost tourist arrival.? Quite similar in appearance to the ?calesa? or horse-drawn carriage that has become the symbol of old Manila, the modern e-trikes, Alcovendaz said, will be the new attraction in the city for both local and foreign tourists. An e-trike runs on gel-type batteries than can be fully charged in only 4-5 hours. It can carry up to seven passengers and has a maximum speed of 40-45 kilometer per hour (kph). Alcovendaz clarified that the city government is not about to phase out tricycles, pedicabs and “kuligligs”. The e-trikes, he added, will be gradually introduced to the local transport industry in a period of years. He also assured drivers and operators of tricycles, pedicabs and kuligligs that they will not lose their source of income because of the e-trikes. He said the drivers are actually the ones who would be the first to benefit from the project as it is they who would be provided with the new e-trike units. ?We are planning all the details of the project. And we will conduct extensive consultations and discussions with all the stakeholders here, especially, the tricycle operators and drivers associations (TODA) and other concerned groups. We will have a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with them. The drivers themselves will be the ones that we will provide these e-trikes to, and essentially, they, together with the Manila LGU, will be some sort of co-managers of this innovative transport industry,? Alcovendaz said. Compared to the tricycles and kuligligs that feed on fuel, e-trikes are more profitable and easier to operate and maintain, Alcovendaz said. ?The city’s transportation industry stands to earn more as they would no longer spend on fuel. You can just imagine the huge savings on fuel expenses and on the costs of maintenance, compared to the minimal cost of recharging the e-trikes,” Alcovendaz pointed out. Alcovendaz stressed that the introduction of e-trikes will also have long-term-benefits to the city in terms of air quality and public health. “With lessened air pollution and its effects to the people’s health and well-being, we will be able to realize savings that will be instead used to help poor residents of Manila,” he added. ]]>

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