Bais City in Negros Oriental will receive 500 electric tricycles from the Department of Energy, Mayor Karen Villanueva said yesterday.
With less fuel consumption and expenses, she said, the e-Trike fare will also have to be adjusted. This means that the program benefits not only the e-Trike operator, but also the passenger and, most of all, the environment.
She said the e-Trikes are not dole-outs but rent-to-own units.
E-Trikes need to charge their batteries and this could be done at gasoline stations, Villanueva said.
She said the DOE has come up with a project design that will be responsive and will complement the needs and terrain of each local government unit.
The program is funded by the World Bank through a loan package to DOE.
Villanueva said the project will be slowly implemented in order not to shock the local economy and adversely affect the local transportation sector.*JG
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