Filipino-made e-jeepney gets DOTr backing

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A PROTOTYPE of a 100-percent Filipino-made electric jeepney was endorsed by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) as a less-costly alternative for public utility vehicle (PUV) operators and drivers.

The prototype built by local firm Francisco Motors was presented by the DOTr recently as one of the e-jeepney choices under the agency’s PUV Modernization Program.

The e-jeepney can seat 28 passengers and its aisle can accommodate 10 more standing passengers. It is equipped with a CCTV camera, dashcam and TV for the passengers. Payment mode is automated through the Beep card, which is also used in MRT and LRT rides.

The e-jeepney is also persons with disability-friendly because it has a built-in ramp for taking in wheelchair-bound passengers.

Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Board Member Aileen Lizada drive-tested the e-jeepney around the Grandstand of the Rizal Park with other LTFRB officials serving as her passengers.

“It’s easy to drive. The run is smooth and when I turned, the pull is good,” said Lizada.

Lizada said the e-jeepney offers a safe and convenient ride.

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