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.
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