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January 12, 2014

E-jeeps to ply the routes of EDSA by March 2014

A new mode of transportation along EDSA is coming before the quarter ends. Thirty COMET or City Optimized Managed Environmental Transport will be deployed to serve city passengers.

The COO of Global Electric Transportation, Anthony Dy, said in an interview that since the e-jeeps are practically powered by electricity, it won’t add pollution to the already polluted EDSA. Also, the e-jeeps are said to be still cheaper to run than diesel-powered jeepneys that cost around Php1,000-Php1,200 compared to the Php400-Php500 of the e-jeeps of the same distance.

Aside from the being electric-powered, the COMET e-jeeps have WiFi, a TV, and a CCTV on board. Also, COMET has air suspension that permits the vehicle to descend for special passengers to get on and off with ease. Floods won’t be a problem too, but that is something we have to see yet. The charging time of COMET will be about 5 hours using 220v of electricity.

The route will start from North EDSA to EDSA-Ortigas. Fares are still the same with mandatory fare issued to diesel-powered jeepneys but your cash won’t be accepted as you should use a dedicated prepaid card.

Photos from GET Philippines Facebook page.

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34 Responses to “E-jeeps to ply the routes of EDSA by March 2014”

  1. wew says:

    ayus to, kaso sana ung designer nito eh ginawa man lang na kamukha pa rin ng jeep, kahit minimalist na ung design para andun pa rin ung trademark design ng traditional jeepney.

    • daniel says:

      True! I understand you, but if we incorporate the traditional jeepney styles, it will add complexity to the design of the e-jeep. Kung papansinin mo, wala ngang design ung e-jeep eh, as in sobrang simpleng molding lang ung ginawa, maybe to bring the prices lower. kesa ung dadagdagan ng intricate designs ng traditional jeeps.

    • Benchmark says:

      Also to lessen the vehicles weight para ma compensate yung travel distance nya. Less weight, less electricity to consume.

      Yun lang, if e-jeeps will ply edsa, san sila? Private lanes? Sana lang makayanan nyan ang traffic.

    • wew says:

      @daniel if this will be bilt on small-scale production, tama ka pero xempre dadami din ang mga tao na gusto bilhin to for business,pag naging alrgescale na ung production kahit ganu pa kakumplikado ung design d na makakapekto sa presyo =)@Benchmark kung gagamit naman ng lightweight materials tulad ng aluminum eh d to masyadong makakaapekto sa bigat ng sasakyan =) pag maramihan na ang production nito im sure gagawin na din nilang aluminum ang body nito =)

    • joestar555 says:

      actually yung jeepney design ay originated sa american jeeps nung WW2…kaya hindi sya masasabing trademark design…

    • wew says:

      @ joestar555 alam ko…pero d lng naman ung slotted grille at round headlights ang tinutukoy ko kundi pati ung ibatibang decorations na nagpapaganda sa jeepney naten

    • joestar555 says:

      @wew: ah, sa design ng e-jeep na yan e parang madaming malalagyan ng design sa katawan. simula pa lang naman yan, magbabago din yan katagalan… sana lang ang gamiting battery ay hindi class A…-_-

    • wew says:

      @joestar555 yup tama ka pag cguro nakita nila na marami ang interesado dito saka nila iiimprove ung sasakyan like the design,etc. kumabaga e tinitignan muna nila kung magciclick bato sa bansa naten =)

  2. ocommon says:

    Aircon ba to? Sana aircon para komportable parang aircon bus iwas pollution at aksidente (mga kaskaserong bus driver)

    • Daniel Morial says:

      Unfortunately it is not. Same sentiments too especially when plying EDSA.

    • Thristan says:

      Maybe in their next iterations. Right now, that will just consume more power from the battery which lessens the vehicles range. Maybe the target right now is penetrations and acceptance of this new vehicle by lowering cost of production and with the same fare.

  3. SpiderWak says:

    ayos to may cctv..

  4. […] This will change the transportation scene in the Philippines […]

  5. Pedro Gil says:

    ang alam dadaan yan ng c5 rather than edsa. Oo, magsisimula siya sa trinoma at magtatapos sa megamall pero hindi yan dadaan ng edsa.

    one thing for sure, magiging inconvenience yung prepaid card sa mga sasakay sa mga gitna ng routa dahil effort maglagay ng mga prepaid booths.

    one more thing, dahil may wifi, magiging takaw holdap/snatching tulad sa nangyayari sa mga wifi bus. walang kwenta ang cctv kapag hindi naman mahuli at mabawi ang mga magnanakaw. Sayang pa naman sa battery yung wifi.

    Maybe better na lang na classic pasa ng bayad instead ng prepaid card at wag na lang lagyan ng wifi.

    Good idea with minor problems though.

    • wew says:

      @Pedro Gil d naman requirement na gumamit ka ng gadget habang nakasakay ka jan eh…kumbaga eh “browse internet at your own risk” kung takut ka edi wag kang gumamit haha

    • Bob says:

      I think the reason they decided to use prepaid cards is that the old system of “bayad po” wasn’t working.

      Because hindi sweldado yung drivers, they would randomly stop at busy streets to pick up passengers, which ends up causing A LOT of traffic. With the prepaid cards, the money goes directly to the company, which will be the one to give a fixed salary to the driver.

      As such, hindi na basta titigil-tigil yung mga jeep kung saan saan, which is the biggest problem this will help solve, imo.

    • wew says:

      @Bob tska para maiwasan na rin ung mga taong d naman nagbabayad lol.kawawa naman mga jeepney drivers hirap na nga sa pamamasada nilalamangan pa ng iba

  6. abuzalzal says:

    ”the e-jeeps are said to be still cheaper to run than diesel-powered jeepneys that cost around Php1,000-Php1,200 compared to the Php400-Php500 of the e-jeeps of the same distance.”

    Weh. Di nga

    This project is still in its infancy, so overhead costs might be a lot higher. Pag may nag breakdown na piyesa yan ewan ko kung matutuwa mga namamahala diyan hehe.

    • The Pitstop says:

      Based from our latest cost-benefit analysis and industry research, the money saved due to lower diesel price is still better than getting a gasoline fed car with lower cost parts. So a lower electricity cost can still give a better gain unless if the cost of the electricity goes sky high on par with the diesel cost. The question here is how many kilometers can it run on a single charge. That may become the deal breaker for me.

    • wew says:

      tiwala ako na hindi magastos maintenance nito lalo na kung mechanical spare parts ang paguusapan…hindi p maramihan ang paggawa nito at hindi naman mahal bawat unit nito kaya sigurado ako na common parts lng gamit nila…isang halimbawa eh ung body frame nito eh gawa lng sa tubular steel na bukod sa mura eh makakakita ka kahit san. cguro magkakatalo n lng sa longevity ng electrical system sana tumagal bago mapalitan ung mga components.

  7. wew says:

    pag biglang tumaas ang demand dito at napantayan nila ng tamang dami ng supply, cgurado ako na kahit dagdagan p to ng solar panels d ganun kataas ang idadagdag sa presyo

  8. feels says:

    Expect electricity power shortages once these e-jeeps have entered mass production.

  9. ai says:

    ano naman kaya bat capacity nito. considering 5hrs yung charging, d pwede naka saksak to buong maghapon. biggest concern ng mga electric vehicle ay ang battery.

  10. Pag Bumaha says:

    Pano pag bumaha, na laging nangyayari? Anong epekto?

    • cool!!! says:

      pag sealed ang motor battery at electronic components niyan tatakbo sa baha yan kahit lumubog pa yung buong jeep… di kc katulad ng mga makina na kailangan ng oxygen para iburn ang fuel…

    • wew says:

      @Pag Bumaha sealed po ung electrical components nyan

  11. bern says:

    sana may free cellphone charging ang mga pasahero he he he

  12. weeh says:

    bat parehas pa din ung fare. dapat mura lng kz di nman mahal ung kinarga ng kuryente.

  13. cool!!! says:

    sana naman bawat satation ng e-jeep eh my solar panel yun nrin mag charge ng battery. para mas mura ang operating cost at mass echo friendly.

  14. BratpPAQ says:

    Makikipag compete ba sila sa overpopulated bus sa EDSA?

  15. Napadaan lang says:

    hmmmm…. for sure pag malapit na ung election or kung anog marketing team na may cut, ung ejeep n namamasada ay matatadtad ng adds making it really an ejeep for “EpalJeep”

    or ano kaya kung kakandidato si erap ulit?
    ano na ung itsura ng lumevel up na jeep ni Erap?

    LOL

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