By Alexander Villafania
MANILA CITY, METRO MANILA – The Department of Energy (DoE) aims to promote the use of electric vehicles, specifically tricycles, in the country to reduce pollution.
Part of this goal is a nationwide electric tricycle (e-trikes) design contest that aims to entice engineers and graphic designers to come up with innovative designs for the electric three-wheeled public transport vehicles.
The contest, called “Bright Now! Do Right. Be Right. Go E-Trike!”, is open to all Filipinos 18 years and above. The participants are required to submit 2D or 3D computer-aided designs of e-trikes.
The criteria for judging would be based on aesthetics (50 percent), originality (20 percent), safety and functionality (20 percent), and ergonomics (10 percent). The designs must also carry up to six passengers including the driver.
Individuals or groups can submit only one entry. The deadline for submission is on February 17 while final judging is on February 24.
Ten winners will be chosen for the contest, with the top three entries going home with P200,000 while the rest would have P50,000. Likewise, the top three designs will become the exclusive property of the DoE.
The DoE has been promoting the use of vehicles with alternative sources of power primarily to reduce air pollution that is commonly associated with diesel powered vehicles.
Instead of conventional gas engines e-trikes use electric engines and are powered usually by lithium ion batteries. These machines have less engine torque than conventional vehicles though these operate for up to a day in single charge, do not emit carbon monoxide, and are significantly quieter.
Several local government units have already introduced e-trikes including Makati City, Taguig City, Quezon City, Cebu, Boracay, among others. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) also provided 20 units to Mandaluyong City for a pilot project on electric vehicles.
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