3/26/2012

LES E-TRIKES ... ARRIVENT !

Récemment je me suis rendu plusieurs fois à Manille et je n’ai pas vu de ces nouveaux tricycles électriques.
Il faut dire qu’avec les quelques dizaines sur les dizaines de milliers qui sont en service …

Je ne sais six cinq mille e-trike seront visibles dans le paysage de la capitale.

There may soon be a new King of the Road: energy-efficient electric tricycles that promises to cut down carbon emissions and noise pollution.

The Department of Energy e-trike project was among 12 projects that the National Economic and Development Authority Board approved in its first meeting for the year.

Arnel Garcia, officer-in-charge of the DOE Alternative Fuel and Energy Technology Division, told Yahoo! Southeast Asia that they are already targeting the release of around 5,000 e-trikes within the year.

Most will be distributed in the National Capital Region and other key cities. According to a timeline from the ADB, e-trikes will also be distributed in top tourist sites, Puerto Princesa and Boracay.

No noise, no tailpipe emissions

According to a briefing paper from the Asian Development Bank, which paid for a pilot project to test the e-trikes last year, the electric engines in the e-trikes can use up 75 percent of energy to power the vehicle.

In contrast, the standard internal combustion engine has an energy efficiency of 20 percent. The rest of the energy generated by fossil-fuel fired engines is lost.

Driving an e-trike also will mean an estimated savings of P200 a day that could be used to pay off financing on the e-trikes, ADB said.

The DOE has also hired a Japanese contractor to check the soundness of the winning e-trike designs from a contest that ended this month.

The project will still have to undergo competitive international bidding.
Longer LRT and more NEDA projects

The NEDA Board has also approved a proposed P60-billion project to extend the Light Rail Transit-1 line.

The line currently runs from Roosevelt Station in Quezon City to Baclaran Station in Pasay City. The project will then extend the line 11.7 kilometers to Bacoor, Cavite. The extension will pass through Parañaque and Pasay and will have eight new passenger stations.

The NEDA Board also approved the following projects: Agus VI Hydroelectric Power Plant (Units 1 and 2) Uprating Project, Land Transportation Office Infrastructure and Information System (LTO-IIS) Project, Jalaur River Multipurpose Irrigation Project Phase II. Proponent, Umayam River Irrigation Project (URIP), Casecnan Multipurpose Irrigation and Power Project (CMIPP)–Irrigation Component Phase II, Bridge Construction Project for Expanded Agrarian Reform Communities (ARC) Development – Umiray Bridge, Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Program (INREMP), Baler–Casiguran Road Improvement Project, Integrated Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation Measures in Low-Lying Areas of Pampanga Bay Project, and the Samar Pacific Coastal Road Project.

The projects will cost the government an estimated P133 billion.


E-trike design contest

The Department of Energy (DOE) selected 10 winners for its recently concluded nationwide contest for the best electric tricycle (E-trike) design contest.

According to the DOE, 183 people sent entries to the agency’s contest, with the theme “Bright Now! Do Right, Be Bright” campaign.

The top three winners, winning P200,000.00, of the first ever E-Trike design contest announced on March 1, 2012 were:
Allen Mari R. Pillares, Batangas City Julius P. Valiente, Soy Bean Design Norielle Ace M. Serrano, Manila
Seven consolation prize winners, who won P50,000.00 each, were:
Arvin Kim E. Guinhawa, Batangas City Marciano H. Santos, Jr., Las Piñas City Jan Mikol R. Avellana, Pasig City William O. Moraga, Las Piñas City Joel C. Albacete, Zambales Vincent Jo B. Hipolito, Quezon City Theodore (Ted) R. Miraflores, Bacolod City.

Winners were awarded at a ceremony at the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) auditorium in Quezon City.

Earlier, the contest had called on interested parties to submit 2D and 3D computer aided drawings with the best aesthetic yet functional designs for an E-Trike.

The DOE said entries submitted must be able to seat at most six passengers, excluding the driver.
According to the Energy Department, the contest is one way of involving the stakeholders in the advocacy of using cleaner technology.

The criteria for judging in the contest centered on aesthetics/creativity (50 percent), originality/innovation (20 percent), safety and functionality (20 percent), and ergonomics (10 percent).

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) provided a simplified safety checklist to ensure the viability of the E-trike Designs.

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