Gov says 100 units of E-trike to ply Puerto Princesa City streets soon

By Victoria Asuncion S. Mendoza

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan, June 30 (PIA) -- One hundred units of energy-efficient electric tricycles or E-trikes will soon ply the streets of Puerto Princesa to cut down on carbon emissions and improve air quality in the country’s “City in a Forest.”

Mayor Edward Hagedorn confirmed the purchase of 100 E-trike units in a recent forum with the Department of Energy, the project proponent.

Sixty of the 100 units will be deployed to the Puerto Princesa Airport Terminal. The remaining 40 E-trikes will be given to other tricycle operators and drivers associations (TODA) in the city.

An e-trike is a specially designed, highly-efficient tricycle. It runs on a motor powered by a lithium ion battery technology. The E-trike comes in three kWh and six kWh packs, which can be recharged.

Hagedorn said that the e-trike project highly complements the city government’s environmental program putting importance to clean air as the first carbon-neutral city in the country.

The city government plans to gradually phase out the more than 4,000 conventional combustion engine tricycles which emit tons of carbon dioxide to the environment. (TBO/VSM-PIA4B Palawan)