• Jul 4th 2007 at 2:14PM
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When the U.S. military started to leave the Philippines following World War II, they left behind a lot of Jeeps. Over time, Filipinos adapted these Jeeps into Jeepneys, extended Jeep multi-passenger vehicles. New Jeepneys are still being produced and if you've ever been to the Philippines, you've ridden on one of these. Actually, if you've been to the Philippines but haven't paid your 10 or 15 cents for a Jeepney ride, then you really haven't been to the Phillipines.

With the ubiquitous presence of the Jeepney in the Philippines, it's good news to hear that a group called Green Renewable Independent Power Producer Inc (GRIPP) started testing electric-powered Jeepneys in Makati City Friday. Greenpeace and the Makati City government helped develop and finance these 10- to 12-seat electric vehicles, which are made in China.

You want numbers? They're not large but here they are: 12 batteries hooked to 5hp electric motor engines that give each e-Jeepney a range of 120 to 140 kilometers while cruising at 40 kph with a full load. An eight-hour charge (for P120, about $2.60 US) will recharge the e-Jeepney, compared to a diesel Jeepneys that uses P300 (US$6.50) of diesel a day. Of course, the e-Jeepneys cost about P100,000 (US$2,200) more to build than a standard Jeepney, but the expectation is that operators will recoup the cost in lower fuel costs.

There will soon be 50 e-Jeepneys cruising in Makati and in Bacolod City in Negros Occidental as part of the test and promotion period, and the stated goal is to expand the use of e-Jeepneys in the future. The good news for the long-tailpipe situation is that Makati City will build a power generation plant that uses restaurant and wet market waste to make power for the electric Jeepneys.

[Source: Inquirer.net / Alexander Villafania]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      Lower fuel cost and lower maintenance. Diesels use a lot of oil.
      • 6 Years Ago
      120 km @ 40 kph = 3 hours driving until battery dies

      An 8 hour charge for every 3 hours on the road? That's hardly very practical. How can they expect it to stay competitive?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I livein the Philippiens and definitely know that these jeepneys are usually in stop-go traffic and they'd rarely reach their top speed of 40kph. And besides, the distance they cover in the Makati district is relatively small. In my opinion, the 120 to 140km is more than enough to last the entire day picking up and dropping off passengers around the area.

      • 6 Years Ago
      COme on People
      SWITCH to e-vehicles..and let's breathe clean air ...

      Go GO Go Philippines

      • 8 Years Ago
      how powerful this Golf cart size e-jeepney?could it be Passed a minimum of 400-600 ft.elavation driving in full passenger w/o over heating and slows down the motor or engine?
      • 8 Years Ago
      With franchise fees rising by 2,500% announced today, it seems the government want jeepneys (of all kinds) driven off the road and into history.
      They've served the Philippines well, but they are poorly maintained, grossly overcrowded, roasting hot and the bang-bang 'music' is ear piercing.
      Whether they run on diesel or battery power.. it's time to call it a day and make way for a modern form of public transport.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Besides cost and fuel savings the reduction in diesel soot and fumes is badly needed in Manila. Most of the diesel engines powering these Jeepneys are old, surplus from Japan...a long ways away from a 'clean diesel'.
      • 6 Years Ago
      hats off to the inventors of electric jeepney.. atlast an answer to high priced gasoline and to air pollution which is the caused of respiratory problems.. how about a designated chamber for smokers so that non-smokers would not inhale theis smoke..
      • 6 Years Ago
      wonderful news ! the amount of pollution belched out by poorly maintained jeepneys and tricycles is mind boggling,,,,,,,,10 out of 10 to the government for allowing this huge step forward
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