Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Electric Tricycles

by Anton Antonio
June 22, 2015

Today marks the launching of the electric tricycles (e-trikes) at the Diliman campus of the University of the Philippines.  This program is a definite move forward towards minimizing the carbon footprint of UP Diliman.

This environment-friendly means of transportation, According to Nestor Castro, who is overseeing the trial operation of these e-trikes, “The vision of UP Diliman is to go green in the next five years.  This will be a test of its feasibility”.  He added: “We will look at power consumption, speed, maintenance, whether it can handle the terrain and the volume of passengers, among other things”.  This study is being done in coordination with the UP National Center for Transportation Studies.  The advantage in using e-trikes is the ease in recharging where ordinary electric wall outlets could be used.  If the program is deemed feasible, a grant could be requested from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the purchase of additional e-trikes.

Additional application for e-trikes are: (a) UP Diliman Police use for more police visibility and security efficiency enhancement; (b) UP Campus Maintenance Office for more mobility and quick response in the emergency and maintenance-related missions; (c) UP Office of the Campus Architect for inspection of ongoing projects; and, (d) shuttle service for faculty and administrative staff such as the library and university registrar.

“e-kot” is a new UP Diliman campus term that has just been added to the popular “ikot” and “toki”… thanks to the electric tricycles.

Just my little thoughts…

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Inquirer, (2015). “Electric Tricycles to go on Test Run at UP Diliman Campus”.  Retrieved on June 22, 2015 from http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/699323/10-electric-tricycles-to-go-on-test-run-at-up-diliman-campus#ixzz3dkitPObi 

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