Description: 

A transport program that seeks to reduce the Philippine’s oil dependency and CO2 emissions through the development of electronic tricycles running on lithium-ion battery technology with solar and grid-connected charging stations.

Background:

Alongside rapid economic growth, increasing motorization in the Philippines has led to the increase of national GHG emissions from the transport sector from 6 to 12 % per annum since 1990, with projections tripling by 2030. In 2010, the country spent an estimated $10 billion on oil imports, 70% of which was for the transport sector. Recognizing the need to reduce the country’s GHG emissions in light of increasing motorization, the Market Transformation through Introduction of Energy-Efficient Electric Vehicles Project was approved in 2012, and will develop electronic tricycles (e-Trikes), a 3 wheel electric vehicle with lithium-ion battery technology with solar and grid-connected charging stations.

Made possible by a CTF allocation of $105 million, alongside $300 million from ADB, the project is anticipated to be complete by 2017 and will cost approximately $504 million. The project will enable renewable energy and transport market transformations throughout the Philippines, while reducing GHG emissions.

Objectives and Outputs:  

The project will transform public transportation through large-scale development and adoption of energy efficient electric vehicles, starting with e-Trikes. Direct beneficiaries will be located in the cities of Antipolo, Boracay, Cabanatuan, Caloocan, City of Manila, Dagupan City, Davao, Lipa City, Los Banos, Makati City, Mandaluyong City, Paranaque City, Puerto Princesa City, Quezon City, Sta. Cruz, and Tarlac City, where the project will deliver a total of 100,000 e-Trikes. Each e-Trike will accommodate seven passengers at a time, consequently enabling 700,000 passengers at a time to use low carbon transport. The manufacturing and assembly of e-Trikes will be locally sourced, creating further economic opportunities, with 10,000 jobs expected by 2015. The DOE and ADB will be the executing agencies, with local government units (LGUs) involved in implementation in their respective cities.

Currently, the project is in early stages of implementation. The award for the first package of 3,000 e-Trikes is anticipated by the end of 2015, with the bidding for the next 17,000 e-Trikes to follow. The commencement of bidding for solar charging stations of 100 kW is targeted for after the award of the first e-Trike units. A prototype charging station unit has been developed for replication in selected project areas. The project became effective in December 2013, and is expected to be fully operational by 2017.

e-Trikes is anticipated by the end of 2015, with the bidding for the next 17,000 e-Trikes to follow. The commencement of bidding for solar charging stations of 100 kW is targeted for after the award of the first e-Trike units. A prototype charging station unit has been developed for replication in selected project areas. The project became effective in December 2013, and is expected to be fully operational by 2017.

This project summary is drawn from draft project proposals [such as the PAD, PID, SAR, and country investment plan] and may not contain the most up-to-date information.

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In the News:
WB sets up $44 M fund for electric cooperatives (Philippine Star, October 14, 2013)
Government releases P500M for electric tricycle project (InterAksyon, March 11, 2014)
Philippines pumps money into electric tricycle plan (Gulf News, March 13, 2014)
E-Trikes are driving change in the Philippines (Asian Development Bank, April 30, 2012)

Project Details
Project Document | Project Summary | Supplementary AppendixIndependent Review | Extension of Proposed Decision | Proposed Decision
Approved on October 12, 2012 (Approved Decision)
Approved amount(s):
USD 105.0 million
240,000 (MPIS)