Mandaluyong tests e-trikes

MANILA, Philippines - In 2009, Mandaluyong City entered into an agreement with tricycle federations on the use of 4-stroke motorcycle engines to lessen carbon emissions.

To strengthen the campaign against air pollution, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Monday donated two electric tricycles or "e-trikes" to the city.

Mayor Benhur Abalos said the two e-trikes will be tested to check its efficiency before being promoted among tricycle drivers.

"We will also put up and operate two charging stations probably one along Pioneer Street and one at Sgt. Bumatay Street in Barangay Plainview. Let's show the beauty of the tricycle as a mode of transportation that is clean and efficient," Abalos said.

Abalos said that if a 4-stroke engine powered tricycle needs about P235 to fuel it, the estimated cost of charging the e-trike would only be approximately P45 for two hours and would have the same fare matrix.

According to Sohail Hasnie, principal specialist of ADB Southeast Asia Department, they will be donating another 20 units more hopefully in three or four months. The two e-trikes differ in the batteries that they use - one using lead acid and the other using Lithium-ion batteries.

"We are piloting the use of e-trikes that makes use of Lithium-ion phosphate batteries. Designed with a 5-kilowatt-per-hour battery, we hope this would achieve a distance of 200 kilometers on a single charge but we are still doing some fine-tuning on this aspect," Hasnie said.

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