Boracay Drivers to benefit 200 E-Trikes from DOE

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At least 200 Electric Tricycles (E-Trike) will soon traverse along the newly – rehabilitated road of Boracay. Thanks to the initiative of the Department of Energy (DOE) as it transcends from the use of gasoline – powered vehicles on the island.

Malay, Boracay was chosen as one of the lucky recipients of the E-Trike Program, according to Jerry Esquivel, General Manager of EV Wealth Inc., the official E-Trike supplier for the DOE, on Tuesday.

During the regular session of the Sangguniang Bayan of Malay, Esquivel said that at least 3,000 E-Trikes are set for donation by the DOE, with 200 units exclusively reserved for Boracay.

Esquivel added that although the E-Trike units will be donated, the DOE has set guidelines for the Local Government Units (LGUs) and E- Trike Operators to comply with the requirements of the fleet management to ensure sustainability of the E-Trike program and longevity of its units.

E-Trike beneficiaries are obliged to pay more or less P649.00 equivalent to a 3-year fleet management under the program, to keep up with the vehicle maintenance and battery services, Esquivel added.

WIN – WIN SITUATION - By this initiative, Trike drivers could save as much as HALF of their regular expenses, aside from contributing to a more eco – friendly environment.

“If the drivers are spending PHP400 for gasoline daily, with the e-trikes, they will only spend PHP200 for electricity,” Esquivel said.

The project also involves installation of charging stations right at the driver’s or operator’s residence.

Meanwhile, Vice Mayor Abram Sualog on Thursday, said that although the Project is very much valued, the Local Government Council will still assess the proposed fleet management setup which will be assumed by the drivers.

Malay’s LGU have long considered phasing out ALL gas – propelled tricycles in the island to replace it with a variety of electric powered vehicles, with E-Trikes particularly.

In an earlier interview, Sualog said that the TOTAL phase – out of Motor Tricycles were initially expected by the end of September but was postponed many times over due to existing unfavorable road conditions.

“Once our roads become suitable, eventually the phase-out will continue,” Sualog said.

From about 500 trike franchise owners in Boracay, more than 200 have yet to shift to the current trend.

With this, Boracay Interagency Task for Rehabilitation is now contemplating on putting up  16 designated STOPS for passengers along the main road.

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Source:  pna.gov.ph

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