Posted on March 9th, 2009
The environment friendly electric jeepneys or e-jeepneys is now ready to roll-out, literally that is, as the Land Transportation Office (LTO) finally agreed to issue plate numbers for the e-jeeps. This means that the manufacturing group and non-government organization (NGO) spearheading the distribution of e-jeepneys will make the â€œgreenâ€ vehicle available for sale to the public this year.
The Green Renewable Independent Power Producers (GRIPP) said at the re-launch of the e-jeepneys recently that they are ready to sell the environment-friendly vehicle to the public.
Yvonne P. Castro, GRIPP project director said, â€œanybody can now purchase the e-jeepney, since it is already registered with the LTO and we have already done about a year of testing. We are ready to roll out more electric jeepneys.â€ She also added, â€œwith the issuance of the LTO license plates, we assure the road worthiness and safety of e-jeeps for commercial use.â€
Working with GRIPP is the Philippine Utility Vehicle, Inc. (PhUV), which is made up of members of the Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturers Association of the Philippines. PhUV Director Rommel T. Juan said that they are projecting a sale of about 8 units per month or about 96 e-jeepneys for the entire year.
Funding for the development of the project was provided by the Doen Foundation of the Netherlands and GRIPP.
The e-jeeps are currently available in the five-kilowatt models, although the group is planning to come out with a 7.5-kilowatt variant that can travel up to Tagaytay or Baguio. The e-jeep is powered by an electric motor with 12 six-volt lead acid batteries and can carry 14 passengers and run 40 to 60 kilometers per hour.
The price of the e-jeep is pegged at P625,000, which is actually cheaper that diesel-fed vehicles which cost at least P700,000. And while existing technology is limited by load and speed factors, it expected to evolve as the need for the vehicle increases.
It is projected that the e-jeep will develop into a public transport in the next 5 years.