EMotors Inc., the local manufacturer and assembler of electric 3-wheelers (e-trikes), have partnered with Pepsi Cola Products Philippines Inc. (PCPPI) to pilot its electric-powered vehicles in the distribution of beverage products that claimed to ensure savings of as much as P90 per day for a tricycle driver and full payment of the P219,000 unit in just seven days. Beth Lee, EMotors CEO, told reporters at yesterday’s launch of the partnership, that three units of its 3-wheeler vehicles have been piloted by PCPPI in Las Pinas City for the distribution of its beverages in the area. According to Lee, PCPPI is the first multinational corporation in the beverage industry to tap its e-trikes for production distribution. Other industries such as garments are also tapping EMotors for the supply of e-trikes to help in their logistical needs. Aside from the corporations, the company is also eyeing the small and medium enterprises and the local government units for their mobility needs in providing services for its constituents. Alvin Valencia, PCPPI assistant vice president for Metro Manila operations, said the company is testing the viability and performance of an initial batch of Zum e-trikes for its Las Piñas City distributorship. Future partnership with EMotors will depend on the success of the piloted e-trikes. PCPPI has 70,000 outlets in Metro Manila alone. “These e-trikes will be used to route non-returnable packages inside the subdivisions in Las Pinas. I see it having a place in the distribution industry,” Valencia said. The benefits of e-trikes include zero-emission, clean and healthy environment, low maintenance, increases production distribution access, and value for money. Aside from the environmental benefits of using e-trikes, Lee said it is very economical. Based on EMotors’ computation, it will take between 6-8 hours to fully charge the electric battery of Zum and it could run for 60 kilometers. At P10 per kilowatthour cost of electricity, the 6 hour charging would cost only P60 as against the equivalent cost of gasoline of P150 or cost savings of P90 daily. A Zum trike owner would be able to pay for the amortization of the P219,000 e-trike in 7 days given proper utilization of the vehicle, which has a 400 kilo load capacity. EMotors has also partnered with a bank for the financing of e-trike buyers. The EMotors plant in Sta. Rosa, Laguna has an initial monthly production capacity of 200 units. The 4 kilowatt Zum comes in three variants. It has a seating capacity of one person plus cargo with a top speed of 40 kilometer per hour with running distance of 50 to 70 kilometers. It can easily be plugged for electric charging. Lee expects more patronage of the e-trikes considering it addresses poverty issue in the country, jobs creation and climate change because it has zero emission and zero noise. This 100% Filipino-owned EMotors, Inc. is the country’s first manufacturer and assembler of electric tricycles registered with the Board of Investment’s Motor Vehicle Development Program (BOI-MVDP) under EO156.
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