E-Trikes Pilot Project

Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III in a new ADB-funded E-trike

Twenty e-trikes have been deployed in the City of Mandaluyong with the support of President Benigno S. Aquino III, DOE Secretary Jose Alemendras, and Mayor Benhur Abalos.

The e-trikes were financed using a $110,000 grant from the ADB to the City of Mandaluyong and feature two different types of lithium ion battery technology: half the models contain a 3 kWh battery pack, and half of the models contain a 6 kWh battery pack. The models featuring the 3 kWh battery pack can travel between 40 to 50 km on one charge and can be 80 percent recharged at "fast" charging stations during the day in under one hour. The models featuring the 6 kWh battery pack can travel up to 100 km on a single overnight charge.

The pilot project was launched in April of 2011 and has received a positive response from drivers and passengers alike, consistently outperforming conventional tricycles in speed, acceleration and comfort.

In addition to the Mandaluyong pilot project, there are 15 to 20 e-trikes operating in and around Fort Bonifacio. These are older model e-trikes featuring a 1 kW motor powered by six lead acid batteries. Due to the weight of the batteries, the maximum speed of these units is 20 km per hour. Drivers have been operating these e-trikes for some time and have reported a greater take-home pay of between 800 and 1,000 pesos per day.

Read the   Mandaluyong e-Trike Boundary Report as of 13 March 2012.