More jeepney operators and commuters want a cleaner means of transportation
Philippine Utility Vehicle Inc. (PhUV Inc.), one of the country's local electric vehicle assembly companies, is optimistic about electric vehicle sales in the country for 2015. The company is targeting 500 electric jeepneys sold by 2015 which will then be deployed along new routes in Metro Manila and as a future replacement for aging diesel-driven public utility jeepneys.
Ferdi Raquelsantos, President of PhUV Inc. recently stated that more jeepney operators and commuters are vying for greener alternatives since vehicle exhaust is one of the main sources of air pollution in Metro Manila.
“We are therefore now seeing a rise in the application of EJeepneys for mass transport application. This is also in light of the implementation of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board of the 15-year old limit for PUJs to be allowed on the road”, said Raquelsantos.
John Marasigan, Sales Manager for PhUV Inc. added that the company recently delivered new eJeepneys to 2 major institutions after deciding to go green.
“Filinvest City in Alabang which introduced its 360 Eco Loop project utilizes some 20 of our eJeepneys to service its numerous locators and their employees and customers in its sprawling business district. And just very recently, Ateneo de Manila University introduced four eJeepney shuttles in their campus, coupled with its own charging station set up by Meralco. These developments have driven us to very optimistic that this 2015, EV sales will finally fly”, said Marasigan.
Besides providing electric vehicles to government agencies, private companies, resorts and schools, PhUV Inc. is also behind the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines; a group which is advocating fiscal and non-fiscal incentives for the EV industry players via Alternative Fuel Vehicles Incentives Bill.