Private firm targets to distribute 1,300 units of solar-powered jeepneys for free this year

UNTV News and Rescue

MANILA — An Australian company is offering an alternative and modern mode of transportation. The offer is in line with the government’s public utility jeepney modernization plan.

These solar powered jeep and e-tricycles work through the energy coming from a solar panel. These vehicles also have batteries that can be charged through electricity. With fully-charged batteries, these vehicles can run for up to 120 kilometers.

“These continue to charge especially during day time when you’re stuck in traffic. It will not consume energy, instead, it will just charge the battery,” said Star-8 Green Tech Corp. Managing Director Ronald Laurel.

A solar-powered jeep can accommodate 20 to 25 passengers. While an e-tricycle has a passenger-capacity of six.

Compared to a normal jeep, these solar-powered ones have two air-conditioners and small electric fans for passengers. It also has television. Passengers can also charge their gadgets here. And since it uses electricity, it can help lessen air pollution in Metro Manila.

“Looking at all the jeepneys it’s beautiful tradition but lots of pollution.  As you know in China, 2 million people every year are dying because of pollution, and we don’t want to happen that here,”said Star-8 Green Tech Corp President and CEO Jacob Maimon.

Each solar-powered jeep is worth 1.3 to 1.6 million pesos while an e-tricycle is 420-thousand pesos.

Its creator Star-8 said they can provide the vehicles for free to jeepney and tricycle operators with legitimate franchises.

“Pwede din namin ibigay ng libre, sa transport group na may existing franchise (We can give it for free to transport groups with existing franchise) as long as they form themselves into a cooperative and then they have to manage the business at make it run 365 days in a year, managing director Laurel said.

The company also targets to distribute 5,000 units of e-tricycles this year. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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