Thursday, August 26, 2010

Dying man- His wish to ride his Electric trail bike

Environment Friendly Online store received an order for a ZEV5100 Trail and long range Utility electricbike. It is the world's first street legal electric trail and dirt road motor scooter! It can take to the pavement and serve as a commuter bike. The lead time on production is normally 90 days.

Shortly after the order was placed the man wrote an email politely asking if they could speed up the production since he was diagnosed with a fatal liver disease and he may not even have 90 days to live! His only wish is to be able to ride and enjoy the E-trail/utility bike as much as he can before he dies!

Here is the text from the email...the part with him dying was added only as a P.S!

"As to what color I would like. The Camo is what I choose. Ps I would would like it if your team could put together one for myself sooner than 90 days as I have been diagnosed with I rare type of Liver cancer called hamagioendothemaloma. Say that three times fast Ha! So I may have (months) to enjoy it. Thank you for what ever you can do for me. Best regards, P" (real name kept private to respect his privacy).

It turns out that this hamagioendothemaloma cancer, is the eighth most common cause of cancer deaths in men.

Two seconds after the staff got the email, the factory wrote back and said they would pull parts of their own personal E-bikes and have the other parts flown in by airfreight ASAP so the man can get it as soon as possible.

Everyone is working fast and furious to make this last wish come true for him. Will keep you posted as this develops.

UPDATE:  They attempted to deliver the bike 3 times and found no one home. Dave was horribly depressed and so were the men on the team who did all they can to get this man his ebike soonest. Dave kept calling and emailing and finally he answered and said he had gone camping. So now on a happy note, this chap did get his wish and is enjoying riding the ebike very much.  Go team.

$280m for tricycle phase-out eyed

by Othel V. Villanueva

THE Asian Development Bank is offering the Philippine government as much as $280 million in loans to finance a proposed refleeting program for tricycle drivers and operators to shift to electric motorbikes or e-bikes.

“The loan will be coursed through ADB conduit banks like Land Bank for relending to tricycle drivers who may want to shift into using e-bikes,” Environment Secretary Ramon Jesus Paje told reporters in a briefing Tuesday.

FULL ARTICLE on Manila Standard

Friday, August 20, 2010

EV group supports MMDA on number coding exemption

August 20, 2010, 9:41am

The major players in the electric vehicle sector recently expressed their full support for the initiative of Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Francis Tolentino to exempt electric buses from the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or the number coding program.

Rommel Juan, president of the newly-organized Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (eVAP) said that the MMDA policy being drafted would go a long way towards helping the growth of the electric vehicle industry in the country.

“The EV industry is still in its infancy stage and this MMDA initiative is a major first step that could result in a giant leap,” Juan said.

It is an incentive that we hope will cover not only eBuses but all electric vehicles as well, from eBikes to eScooters to eTrikes to eQuads to the now-popular and tested eJeepneys. Chairman Tolentino is therefore on the right track and we commend him for it,” Juan added.

eVAP brings together the major players in the local EV industry, including the manufacturers, assemblers, dealers, parts suppliers, academe, NGOs, enthusiasts and advocates of electric vehicles. It aims to educate the public on environmental awareness and to accelerate the country’s conversion from using gas-powered vehicles to electric vehicles.

On the other hand, Ferdi Raquelsantos, president of electric jeepney maker PhUV Inc. said that this MMDA initiative is welcome news. “The eJeepney blazed the trail for EVs in the Philippines. Its use has grown since we introduced it two years ago. It has proven to be more economical to run and less expensive to maintain. There is no cooling system, no exhaust system, no fuel system, no engine, thus there is no harmful exhaust fumes to contend with. This will surely help improve air quality not only in Metro Manila but in any locality where it operates,” Tolentino said.

PhUV Inc. is the business arm of the Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturers Association of the Philippines (MVPMAP) and supplied the numerous electric jeepneys now plying the Makati Green Route (MGR) in its Salcedo and Legazpi Village loops. It is the only eJeepney that can be registered with the LTO and be given its unique orange plate. It also supplied the eJeepneys for the Quezon City government’s Hatirang Bayan program, the House of Representatives, the Puerto Princesa LGU, Plantation Bay in Cebu, DLSU Dasmarinas, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, among others.

Both Juan and Requelsantos believe that electric vehicles are not only good for the environment, they are also good for the health and the economy. “In areas where the EVs operate, there is less respiratory diseases. There is also no noise pollution. In fact, as proof, the MGR program in the densely-populated and chic Makati City is probably the first and most successful use of EVs for mass transport in Asia”, said Raquelsantos.


Dec.  8, 2010 - Driving ambitions for electric vehicles in Philippines - by Dean Irvine CNN

Monday, August 16, 2010

US Ambassador discovers the Etrikes in Puerto Princesa

Aug. 16, 2010
US Ambassador Harry K. Thomas, Jr., with Eagle Electric tricycle in front of Badjao Seafront Restaurant.
After a turn over ceremony of 4 new patrol boats that the US Government donated to Puerto Princesa City, Palawan —US Ambassador Harry K. Thomas, Jr. was invited to a luncheon to honor him and other officials in attendance. He had the opportunity and we had the honor of him checking out and liking the electric tricycles we are developing for the City.

Left of the etrike: Helen Limjoco and US Ambassador Harry K. Thomas, Jr.
To the right of the etrike: Diana J. Limjoco and Dave Dewbre of Green Tech Ecocenter