They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks. At MD Juan, the premier manufacturer of Willys Jeep bodies and parts, they seem to have found a way to do so with an electric powered version of the venerable military utility 4x4.
The Willys MB electric is powered by a 4-kilowatt, 48-volt motor drawing all its energy from eight 6-volt battery units. When charged overnight for about eight hours, it can be used the next day for 50 to 100 kilometers, depending on the terrain and the number of passengers.
"Filipinos refer to it as the granddaddy of all jeeps and is considered as the forerunner of the current AUVs and SUVs," said Mr. Rommel Juan, VP for Sales and Marketing of MD Juan. "This is now the backbone of the Philippine mass transport system."
The electric jeepney or eJeepney on the other hand was introduced into the country in 2007 by the Institute of Climate and Sustainable Cities (iCSC), an NGO whose advocacy was environmental protection.
MD Juan and PhUV Inc. have now successfully married the old and the new in an electric MB jeep. This electric MB is currently being showcased at the Philippine Die and Mould Association exhibit at the World Trade Center from August 17 to 20, 2011. The body of the electric MB was made using locally-made dies and moulds and manufactured in MD Juan's stamping plant.