Electric Van from Vancouver goes to the Philippines

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comet1Electric passenger vans built in Vancouver, will partly replace diesel jeepneys in Philippine capital of Manila, local media reported on August 13.

The city’s administration has ordered 200 Comet vans produced by Vancouver-based Pangea Motors, a 16-seater electric van, with further 400 orders expected by the end of 2013.

The company said it sees  the Philippines as a test site for a niche of urban transportation that makes sense for many of the world’s highly congested cities. Manila, a metropolis of 14 million people, is heavily congested and suffers from high air pollution caused by traffic.

Pangea Motors has formed a joint venture with GET International together with Philippine investors, Vancouver newspaper The Columbian reported.

The vehicles cost around $12,000 and are designed in a way they can be built of easy-to-assemble components that can be shipped overseas for final assembly in the Philippines. Electric power will reduce operational costs, and GET will work with local officials to establish designated transit routes to improve operational efficiency. Additional revenue could come in through on-board monitors that display advertisements.

Currently, Manila has around 55,000 diesel-powered Jeepneys in operation, vehicles that produce a sizeable amount of smog in the city.

Besides the Comet project, the Philippine government has already launches other programmes to replace Jeepneys with electric vehicles.

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Electric passenger vans built in Vancouver, will partly replace diesel jeepneys in Philippine capital of Manila, local media reported on August 13.

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comet1Electric passenger vans built in Vancouver, will partly replace diesel jeepneys in Philippine capital of Manila, local media reported on August 13.

The city’s administration has ordered 200 Comet vans produced by Vancouver-based Pangea Motors, a 16-seater electric van, with further 400 orders expected by the end of 2013.

The company said it sees  the Philippines as a test site for a niche of urban transportation that makes sense for many of the world’s highly congested cities. Manila, a metropolis of 14 million people, is heavily congested and suffers from high air pollution caused by traffic.

Pangea Motors has formed a joint venture with GET International together with Philippine investors, Vancouver newspaper The Columbian reported.

The vehicles cost around $12,000 and are designed in a way they can be built of easy-to-assemble components that can be shipped overseas for final assembly in the Philippines. Electric power will reduce operational costs, and GET will work with local officials to establish designated transit routes to improve operational efficiency. Additional revenue could come in through on-board monitors that display advertisements.

Currently, Manila has around 55,000 diesel-powered Jeepneys in operation, vehicles that produce a sizeable amount of smog in the city.

Besides the Comet project, the Philippine government has already launches other programmes to replace Jeepneys with electric vehicles.

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