DOE set to roll out this year 15,000 e-trikes
From snagged bidding process last year due to typhoon Yolanda, the Department of Energy (DOE) is expected to accelerate the process for the rollout of targeted 15,000 electric tricycles (e-trike) this year.
Asian Development Bank (ADB) chief energy specialist SohailHasnie divulged that they have already issued a “no objection letter” to the award of the DOE’s bidding for the selected e-trike supplier.
The first phase of the rollout for this year will be 3,000; and the bulk of 12,000 e-trikes will be set for award latter part of this year.
“We have issued the no objection letter this morning (Thursday). It took time because we have to ensure that the bidding process was done in a competitive way,” he stressed.
Hasnie added “I think the DOE will be awarding the contract in the next couple of weeks.”
The ADB is providing financing to the government’s rollout of e-trikes eyed to be hitting 100,000 e-trikes by 2017.
If this year’s target will be reached, the entire process of achieving the 100,000 units of e-trike deployment may come easier in the coming years.
The ADB official emphasized “we are currently working on the details on what willbe the specifications for the recipient of the units,” adding that such will “depend on the LGU (local government unit) requirements.”
For electric jeepneys, the deployment is also expected to gain speed with targeted 1,000 fleets to be set on the road this year, according to Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) president Rommel Juan.
The holding of the EV Summit, he said, has now become more relevant due partly to the fact that “now, people are more conscious of the negative effects that can be brought upon by our neglect in preserving the environment.”