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]