Muntinlupa declared e-jeepney capital of PH

  • Page Views 2240
  • Based on the number of electric jeepneys plying the city of Muntinlupa, it is easy to see why it was declared Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) as the current “e-jeepney capital of the country. “

    Building its reputation as the greenest city in the country pivoted around its advocacy to extensively use electric jeepneys in specific sites in the city. This clear and deliberate policy compels the local government unit to run a viable and enviable local transport system using efficient and non-polluting e-jeepneys.

    Muntinlupa City is an early adopter among the local government units in fielding the eco-friendly electric vehicles.Currently it has the most number of e-jeepneys running in one city, thanks to the efforts of the local government unit and the private sector alike.

    In 2015, the city registered 14 e-jeepneys. Today there are over 30 operating electric vehicles plying specific routes in the city. Providing both free rides and  Rommel Juan, president of the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) observes that the city gives free rides to its residents and they love it.

    Muntinlupa City Mayor Jaime Fresnedi launched this pioneering program using smart cards. Holders who possess the cards can use the free green public transport system. But the popular program is inclusive, and those without a yellow card holder, need only to sign a logbook and the ride is free.

    “It truly is a remarkable effort by the local government in introducing green transport to more commuters and gaining acceptance for them. Their operations template is definitely something worth emulating by other LGUs in other parts of the country,” Juan says.

    The EVAP president says the Green Public Transport System of Muntinlupa is a prime example of the political will of eco-friendly LGU officials that other LGUs may learn from.

    “We hope that more cities introduce electric vehicle initiatives in their own areas in other parts of the country and push the modernization of our public transport system,” Juan encourages.

    A quick look at the Barangay Hall in Muntinlupa reveals ten yellow e-jeepneys  parked at their respective charging bays. Just right across the Barangay Hall inside the South Star Jeepney Terminal, there are two parking slots allotted specifically for e-jeepneys. Two additional e-jeepneys are fielded inside the plush Ayala Alabang Village.

    The biggest electric fleet in the city however is the e-jeepney public transport system being managed by EVEEI or the Electric Vehicle Expansion Enterprises Inc. inside Filinvest City Alabang. EVEEI was given the right to operate a fleet of electric jeepneys within the 240-hectare Filinvest City, the flagship real estate development of the Filinvest Development Group.

    Called the Filinvest City 360 Eco Loop, about 20 e-jeepneys service the bustling population of workers, office staff, shoppers, visitors and residents of the huge mixed-use real estate development.

    EVEEI General Manager Rex Vergel says that by taking a ride in one of their e-jeepneys, one will experience the quiet and convenience of an electric vehicle which is in stark contrast to the smoky and noisy traditional jeepneys.

    “We have effectively organized our e-jeepney  and determined the optimum dispatch schedule to maximize efficiency in our operations. We have also learned a lot in terms of battery charging and maintenance,” says Vergel.

    “Now, not only do we have an operational template that ensures efficiency but also an effective proof of concept that EV technology really works for mass transport operations.” ( Desmond G.E. Tribdino, Malaya)

    Share

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 20 July 2018
      2 days ago No comment

      Ant Man and The Wasp (PG)

      Mini Marvels! Giant -sized fun is on tap big time in Ant Man and The Wasp. Trust Marvel Studios and Disney to come up with just a crackerjack fun time at the movies. Better than your typical superhero movie check out this crowd -pleaser at Cineplex Cinemas around BC. ...

    • 20 July 2018
      2 days ago No comment

      ABS-CBN Star Cinema’s “I Love You Hater” posts the truths and lies about love and what’s in between

      Star Cinema’s anniversary offering brings together Philippine Queen of Media Kris Aquino and young entertainment royalties JoshLia in a story that shows how hate is not the end and be of it all MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Is it possible to love someone you hate? The generational movie “I Love ...

    • 16 July 2018
      5 days ago No comment

      Manny Pacquiao is back!

      KUALA LUMPUR – “I’m back! With these words, Filipino boxing icon served notice to the whole world of his third coming after devastating losses he suffered the past seven years. Defeats dealt him by arch-rivals Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012 and Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2015, and only last ...

    • 16 July 2018
      6 days ago No comment

      Glaiza works hard in Contessa

      GLAIZA De Castro revealed that some of the episodes of her hit afternoon show, “Contessa,” are recorded in the morning and aired in the same afternoon. “Naubusan kasi kami ng stocked episodes,” she said. “Dalawang taping days namin, inabot ng maghapong ulan, lalo na ‘yung set in Daranak Falls ...

    • 16 July 2018
      6 days ago No comment

      Barbie as Happylou!

      Barbie Forteza has reason to rejoice because her primetime show, “Inday Will Always Love You,” continues to clobber its rival show in the ratings game. Her performance as the very positive and perky Happylou is truly a big winner as viewers just can’t seem to get enough of her. ...

    %d bloggers like this: