The Jeepney, has always been the most reliable source of transportation for every Filipino. You can‚Äôt find this type of transportation anywhere in the world except here in the Philippines. I grew up riding the jeep going to school, to my favourite mall and now to work. Even with the arrival of AUVs (Asian Utility Vehicles) and family vans that were used as shuttles for different routes, jeepneys still dominated the market because they provide faster travel and cheaper fare for everyone.
A large portion of the country is populated by jeepneys making up most of the public transportation especially here in the metro.¬† Though they are cost effective, they are not environment friendly for they use one of our regular fuels that adds up to the ever growing pollution every day. Jeepneys run with diesel fuel which requires frequent maintenance to keep the engines in tip top shape yet most jeepney owners do not regularly maintain their vehicles because of reasons of cost.
In response to the need to save the environment, the Solar Electric Company headed by Mr. Robert Puckett introduced the Electric Jeepney. The E-jeepney can carry as much as 17 passengers and can run 120 kilometers in an 8 hour charge. These E-jeepneys can run at a maximum of 40 kilometers per hour. It does lessen the emission of greenhouse gases, safe enough to use and does answer the ever rising problem in fuel cost which may help lower down fares.
Its initial release in the metro called for the implementation on other municipalities and cities around the country. Prototypes can be seen around the city of Makati and some provinces like Baguio and Palawan who also made their move in implementing this new kind of transportation.
Charging stations will be needed when the electronic powered vehicles start rolling around the metro. And if it does solve our problems on saving the environment and lower fuel cost, we might end up investing in the supply of electrical energy instead of fuel. I just wonder if the government will actually decide giving up on the use of fuel since they get a big share in the trade due to taxes.