A surge of advancements in technology has resulted in innovations and potential for sustainable, eco-friendly ways of getting from Point A to Point B. One such development is the introduction of green technology-powered e-trikes, which are now serving passengers across Metro Manila.
According to a study by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2018, air pollution, a leading cause of pulmonary diseases, lung cancer, and pneumonia, ranked third in the top causes of death among Filipinos.
A study by the Department of Energy (DOE) in 2018 also revealed the transportation industry garnered a staggering 35.5 percent of the total energy consumption, the highest among the country’s industries. Road transport takes about 87 percent of total transport fuel consumption.
These alarming figures call for increased efforts to eliminate, or at the very least reduce, air pollution and its drastic effects.
One such effort is a 2018 DOE project named “Electric Vehicles Program,” which aims to lessen petroleum consumption, bring down carbon dioxide emissions, and distribute electronic tricycles utilizing rechargable Lithium-ion batteries.
Lithium-ion batteries is a form of rechargeable battery.
Last year, the DOE gave 150 e-trikes to the City of Muntinlupa 150 e-trikes. DOE also gave e-trikes to the three other cities in the metro. DOE also gave 100 e-trike units to Las Piñas, 250 to Valenzuela, and 400 to Pateros. To date, a total of 900 units of e-trikes have been distributed to the Local Government Units (LGUs) of the cities.
DOE has also donated 200 units of e-trikes to Marawi last January in order to aid in government’s rebuilding operations in the war-stricken city.
Quezon City and the City of Mania have both recently acquired e-trikes from DOE with 300 and 100 units respectively.