Electric Trikes to Take Over Gas-Guzzling Taxi Network in the Philippines

The Philippines is gearing up to begin using electric tricycles in their taxi network to help reduce urban pollution.
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The Philippines is gearing up to begin using electric tricycles in their taxi network to help reduce urban pollution.
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The Philippines is leading the way in using electric vehicles on a larger scale to help reduce pollution. The country is working with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to replace their tricycle taxi network, which is gas-powered, with 100,000 electric tricycles by 2016. This will be just the beginning to cut down the pollution caused by the 3.5 million passenger trikes that currently roam the streets of the Philippines. 

According to ADB, the new e-trikes could reduce the emission of carbon dioxide by 260,000 tons a year, while cutting costs from 250-350 pesos (about $6 to $8) to 30 to 50 pesos. 

Some aren't so sure about the electric trikes, though. According to Fast Company, some critics don't think the e-trikes will do much to help congestion, while others say the extra electricity used by the trikes will, at first, come from coal-fired sources. 

Regardless, the initiative is meant to reduce pollution, which the e-trikes will undoubtedly do. And, since e-cars can't be used for long trips on a single charge, using them in a taxi network for short city trips is a viable solution. 

Photo Credit: Fast Company

Photo Credit: Fast Company