Récemment je me suis rendu plusieurs fois à Manille et je n’ai pas vu de ces nouveaux tricycles électriques.
Il faut dire qu’avec les quelques dizaines sur les dizaines de milliers qui sont en service …

Je ne sais six cinq mille e-trike seront visibles dans le paysage de la capitale.

There may soon be a new King of the Road: energy-efficient electric tricycles that promises to cut down carbon emissions and noise pollution.

The Department of Energy e-trike project was among 12 projects that the National Economic and Development Authority Board approved in its first meeting for the year.

Arnel Garcia, officer-in-charge of the DOE Alternative Fuel and Energy Technology Division, told Yahoo! Southeast Asia that they are already targeting the release of around 5,000 e-trikes within the year.

Most will be distributed in the National Capital Region and other key cities. According to a timeline from the ADB, e-trikes will also be distributed in top tourist sites, Puerto Princesa and Boracay.

No noise, no tailpipe emissions

According to a briefing paper from the Asian Development Bank, which paid for a pilot project to test the e-trikes last year, the electric engines in the e-trikes can use up 75 percent of energy to power the vehicle.

In contrast, the standard internal combustion engine has an energy efficiency of 20 percent. The rest of the energy generated by fossil-fuel fired engines is lost.

Driving an e-trike also will mean an estimated savings of P200 a day that could be used to pay off financing on the e-trikes, ADB said.

The DOE has also hired a Japanese contractor to check the soundness of the winning e-trike designs from a contest that ended this month.

The projects will cost the government an estimated P133 billion
Etrikes design contest

The Department of Energy (DOE) selected 10 winners for its recently concluded nationwide contest for the best electric tricycle (Etrikes) design contest.

According to the DOE, 183 people sent entries to the agency’s contest, with the theme “Bright Now! Do Right, Be Bright” campaign.

The top three winners, winning P200,000.00, of the first ever E-Trike design contest announced on March 1, 2012 were:
Allen Mari R. Pillares, Batangas City Julius P. Valiente, Soy Bean Design Norielle Ace M. Serrano, Manila
Seven consolation prize winners, who won P50,000.00 each, were:
Arvin Kim E. Guinhawa, Batangas City Marciano H. Santos, Jr., Las Piñas City Jan Mikol R. Avellana, Pasig City William O. Moraga, Las Piñas City Joel C. Albacete, Zambales Vincent Jo B. Hipolito, Quezon City Theodore (Ted) R. Miraflores, Bacolod City.

Winners were awarded at a ceremony at the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) auditorium in Quezon City.

Earlier, the contest had called on interested parties to submit 2D and 3D computer aided drawings with the best aesthetic yet functional designs for an ETrikes.

The DOE said entries submitted must be able to seat at most six passengers, excluding the driver.
According to the Energy Department, the contest is one way of involving the stakeholders in the advocacy of using cleaner technology.

The criteria for judging in the contest centered on aesthetics/creativity (50 percent), originality/innovation (20 percent), safety and functionality (20 percent), and ergonomics (10 percent).

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) provided a simplified safety checklist to ensure the viability of the Etrikes Designs.
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This is a really cool design! however i think it's somewhere in the guidelines that the concept has to be practical for production and for marketing. they plan to peg the finished product between P150K - P200k, since current prices of tricycles are in the range of P100-P160k.

I like the fluid design, it's very futuristic and would really love to see e-trikes like this in few years time. I guess to cut down production cost you can consider removing the side and back doors and make it optional. Also, the low rider design or having a few inches off the ground may make this design not feasible in places where roads are still undeveloped. One question though is how the front wheel is attached?