Who is PHUV?

PhUV (Philippine Utility Vehicle) Incorporated is the umbrella organization of companies & institutions which pioneered the electric vehicle industry in the Philippines. It is the business arm of the Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturers Association of the Philippines (MVPMAP) and supplied the numerous electric jeepneys (eJeepneys) now plying the Makati Green Route (MGR) in its Salcedo and Legazpi Village loops. It also supplied the eJeepneys for the Quezon City government’s Hatirang Bayan program, the House of Representatives, the Puerto Princesa LGU, Plantation Bay in Cebu, DLSU Dasmarinas, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, among others.

PhUV Inc. is the first to locally design, fabricate, assemble and actually put on the road an electric vehicle in the Philippines -- the electric jeepney. It is also the local designer and assembler of the electric quadricycle (eQuad) and electric tricycle (eTrike).

Mr Rommel T. Juan, Vice President, PhUV Inc. says, "Ours was borne out of the deep, genuine desire to help address the worsening environmental pollution in our country particularly in the transport sector. Our transport industry (and the Philippines) is woefully dependent on fossil fuel (some 0.8 billion barrels consumed annually) particularly our jeepneys - the world-renowned iconic public transport system which feeds entirely on diesel. This alarming condition was our bugle call for the development and launch of a new transport alternative - the electric jeepney or eJeepney for short."

PhUV Inc. partnered with iCSC and different LGUs for the Climate Friendly Cities program which aims to use energy from organic wastes from the wet markets, business establishments, household and farms to power an environment-friendly public transportation system composed of eJeepneys and other electric vehicles.


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What is an eJeepney?

Electric Jeepneys (eJeepneys), the first public transport of its kind in Southeast Asia, were launched 1 July 2008 in a historic drive along Ayala Avenue in Makati.

The eJeepney runs on pure electricity supplied by rechargeable automotive batteries thus it does not consume either gasoline or diesel to operate. It therefore has no noise, no fumes, no harmful emissions. It can be charged overnight for about eight hours on an ordinary wall outlet, much like charging a cellphone and run the next day for a minimum of 65 kms. It is therefore ideal for enclosed, short-ranged operations like the Batasan Pambansa complex, resorts, industrial zones, malls, commercial centers, theme parks, schools, country clubs and golf courses. It can comfortably seat 14 passengers and run at maximum 40 km per hour. Ejeepney rides are also free.

The Electric Jeepney is meant to steer clear of the use of fossil fuels to help mitigate climate change, even as it addresses urban problems such as air pollution and solid waste. It is a part of a bigger program, the Climate Friendly Cities Program of the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) spearheaded by Greenpeace Southeast Asia. The CFC program has three major components: a biodigester fed with biodegradable household wastes to generate electricity, a depot or a terminal and the end-users of the electricity generated by alternative means, a fleet of eJeepneys. PhUV Inc. is a partner in this advocacy as the local assembler of the eJeepney.

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board classified and registered the eJeepney as LSV (low-speed vehicles) or 4-wheeled motor vehicles that use alternative fuel such as electricity. It is equipped with either a 5 kw, 72-volt electric motor or a 7 kw, 84-volt one, either with or without transmission, with front end (hood & fender) or none, side or rear entry and front facing or center facing rear seats. It is the first electric vehicle granted an orange license plate by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to operate on Philippine roads.

Since its launch in July 2008, eJeepneys are used by schools, resorts, theme parks, industrial zones, LGUs and other entities such as the Makati LGU, de la Salle Dasmarinas in Cavite, Plantation Bay in Cebu, Puerto Princesa City in Palawan, Embarcadero in Bicol, Hacienda San Benito in Lipa, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas in Quezon City, the House of Representative (Congress), Ilocos Sur provincial government and soon, the Pasig City LGU.

The biggest mass application of the eJeepney in the whole of Asia is the Makati Green Route (MGR), where some ten eJeepneys now ply the Legazpi and Salcedo routes for free under the Climate Friendly Cities (CFC) program iCSC.

Dr. Dan Kammen, Noble Prize-winning physicist and one of the world's leading authorities on power has recently said, in his Discovery Channel documentar "Ecopolis", that he adjudged the eJeepney as "...the best new modern mass transport technology with the best chance of saving the world's cities from the dangers of pollution." It was also awarded a Fr. Satur Neri Award by the Presidential Adviser on Climate Change during this the 2009 Earth Day celebrations.