Tricycles have their niche in urban transportation, but not a few of them are infamous for being environmentally harmful. The traditional tricycle can be a noisy, smoke-belching bane to the motoring public. A pair of companies has announced that they are aiming to change all that—by turning to electric power.
The vehicle manufacturer is Emotors Inc., the country’s first manufacturer of electric tricycles. The company is headed by a well-known figure in the Philippine automotive industry, Elizabeth H. Lee. Ms. Lee was chief operating officer of Universal Motors Corporation, and also had several terms as president of the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc.
Emotors will manufacture and promote the use of an e-tricycle called the ZüM (pronounced “zoom”). The company is reportedly the first electric tricycle manufacturer to be registered with the Board of Investment’s Motor Vehicle Development Program under Executive Order 156, and under EO226 or Investments Priority Plan.
The manufacturer will team up with logistics company Air21. Air21 expects to reduce its carbon footprint and increase its environmental friendliness by incorporating the use of the electric tricycles within its fleet. It also aims to lower its running costs by using electricity rather than gasoline, which is a potentially cheaper “fuel.”
“We are proud to team up with Air21 in our common goal of environmental responsibility by choosing to use clean, zero emission vehicles to help clean our air and help mitigate the effects of climate change, while at the same time support local manufacturing and generate jobs,” says Beth Lee, EMotors CEO.
“As the leading provider of logistics solutions in the country, we are always looking for innovative ways to increase our efficiency to better serve our clients while at the same time, fulfill our environmental policies by helping clean our air by incorporating the ZüM electric vehicles in our fleet,” says Mr. Jerry Jara, Air21 CEO.
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