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5th December 2022: E-quadricycle demo Launch Pasig

On the 5th of December 2022, the e-quadricycle or e-quad was officially launched as part of the pilot demonstration of the SOLUTIONSplus Project in Pasig City. The event was held at the quadrangle of the Pasig City Hall where the e-quad prototype, developed by local manufacturer ToJo Motors, was introduced and showcased to the public.


Combining the nimbleness of smaller vehicles and the carrying capacity of larger vehicles, the e-quad can accommodate four (4) passengers and bear a maximum load of 450 kilograms.


Another vehicle that will be used for the pilot demonstration, the flexible electric van or the FLEV, was also featured via a video that was played on loop during the launch. The FLEV is being developed by ToJo Motors and the De La Salle University through a funding mechanism of the Department of Science and Technology, and features a chassis that can be used for multiple purposes. In Pasig City, the pilot demonstration involves the shared use of these vehicles for passenger and cargo use to support the City’s day-to-day operations.


Both vehicles are modular in nature and can be configured in a variety of ways to suit the vehicle requirements of their end-users, which will primarily be the different offices of the Pasig City Government. With the help of the De La Salle University, a booking app is currently being developed which will be used by Pasig City offices to reserve and schedule a vehicle of their choice for use in the conduct of their respective operations.


The pilot launch was attended by members of the Pasig City Government, team members of the SOLUTIONSplus Project (Clean Air Asia and Urban Electric Mobility Initiative [UEMI]), as well as representatives from ToJo Motors. City Mayor Hon. Vico Sotto gave the keynote speech and was accompanied by Vice-Mayor Dodot Jaworski, Congressman Roman Romulo, and members of the City Council during the inspection of the e-quad prototype at the venue.


The e-quads and FLEVs are envisioned to replace some of the internal combustion vehicles of the City which currently comprise majority of Pasig’s fleet of vehicles. This comes as an effort to deliver sustainable urban mobility solutions to the City, especially as local government units in the Philippines are required to increase the share of electric vehicles in their fleet with the passage of the Electric Vehicle Industry Development Act (EVIDA) in 2022.

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5th-7th December 2022: Pasig City E-mobility Training

For Pasig, the city government organized a 3-day training focusing on their role on EV adoption and planning for charging infrastructure. The training was also a platform to commence discussions on capacity and policy gaps, and to generate questions on the initiative launched in Pasig City. The modules were designed to capacitate local authorities on their role pursuant to the national policy on EVs that became law in April 2022, the Philippine EVIDA law (Electric Vehicle Industry Development Act or the Republic Act No. 11697) (EVIDA Law).


Representatives from 6 other local government units in the Philippines were also invited to participate in the Pasig training through other e-mobility proponents such as the GEF-funded UNDP Low Carbon Transport Systems project which is co-implemented with the Philippine Department of Transportation.


On Day 1, participants were given an overview of the EVIDA Law as well as a presentation on formulating the Comprehensive Roadmap for Electric Vehicle Industry (CREVI). This then led to a discussion on the role of local government units (LGU) in integrating EVs into public transport and providing services. LGU representatives from Iloilo, Baguio, and Palawan showcased the initiation and adoption of EVs in their respective localities. Participants showed a positive reception to the information and experiences shared by these LGU representatives.


On Day 2, the focus was on suitable charging infrastructure for the likes of the SOLUTIONSplus e-quads and flexible e-vans (FLEV), looking into the technical, regulatory, and operational aspects to capacitate Pasig City personnel and EV drivers/operators on operating and maintaining the charging infrastructure. The speakers who led the training were able to translate the technical information well. Participants actively asked clarificatory questions that showed a better understanding of charging infrastructure in general post-training.


On Day 3, the heart of the training was the SOLUTIONSplus e-quadricycle and flexible e-van (FLEV). This was with the intention to familiarize relevant City Hall personnel on the basic parts and attributes of the EVs. Knowledge of these specific vehicles and their proper maintenance will be crucial towards the sustainability of the pilot operation once they are rolled out to support the city's functions. The training also covered fleet management best practices. Finally, the session became an opportunity to have a dialogue with the future fleet managers of the system from the city government.


A total of 91 participants attended the 3-day e-mobility training in Pasig. The training was extended outside of Pasig City, hence, representatives from 5 cities in the Philippines also participated in the training including cities of Manila, Quezon, Mandaluyong, Santa Rosa, and Paranaque. Because the training was aimed at local authorities, the participants came from various offices of the city governments such as transport, planning, city health, environment, energy, social services, general services, finance, and city council (local policymakers). Majority of the participants identified themselves as male except for the first day where majority identified as female.



Topics covered on Pasig City E-mobility Training

  • Overview of the role of local governments pursuant to the EVIDA Law

  • Case studies from different cities on EV use and experience:

    • Pasig: SOLUTIONSplus e-quadricycles and flexible electric vans

    • Boracay: e-trikes

    • Baguio: e-jeepneys

    • Iloilo: e-jeepneys

  • Prioritizing which fleet for electrification: Total cost of ownership (TCO) analysis on Pasig city fleet

  • Guide for cities in planning for EV charging: Role of local governments

  • Case study: Netherlands lessons on EV charging infrastructure planning

  • Technical requirements for installing EV chargers: circuitry, load, protection

  • Basics of EV charging – fitting for Philippine-specific vehicles and context

  • Case studies: Pasig City: Experience from Charging Pods and status of e-mobility initiatives; Quezon City: Choosing optimal locations for EV charging stations

  • Evaluating e-mobility projects: Key Performance Indicators featuring Kathmandu and Pasig case studies

  • SOLUTIONSplus pilot EVs:

    • Introduction to e-quads and FLEVs - basic parts, do’s and don’t’s, operation and maintenance, proper battery handling and care

    • IT solutions software booking app

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