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Electric jeepneys ply the streets of Iloilo City.

One of the four pilot cities in the nation for modernized, environmentally friendly jeepneys that run on electricity rather than conventional engines using gasoline and diesel is this city.

According to Engr. Rowen Gelonga, regional director of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), two of the ten upgraded electric jeepneys (e-jeepneys) were delivered to Mayor Jerry Treas on Monday along with the other eight by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

“The test will be more thorough. We examine both their chemical and financial viability, and if we find that they are viable, we may promote them vigorously as a component of updated PUVs in Iloilo City, he said in an interview on Tuesday.

The Department of Transportation’s PUV (Public Utility Vehicle) Modernization Program includes using electric vehicles (often known as “e-vehicles”).

A technical team from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) would work with them to examine the viability of the e-vehicles for public transportation from a technical and business standpoint, Gelonga noted.

The UNDP has given the city technical assistance in developing policies and initiatives to support environmentally friendly transportation, according to Jeck Conlu, head of the Public Safety and Transportation Management Office (PSTMO).

Gelonga claimed that because their department is engaged in e-vehicle development-related activities, they collaborated with the UNDP and the DOTr in the performance testing and the introduction of new technologies.

He claimed that in collaboration with the University of the Philippines-Diliman, Iloilo City is one of their other target locations for constructing fast-charging stations for e-jeeps.

In order to encourage the use of electric vehicles in the public transportation system, he continued, “We expect that this will be reintegrated into the program of UNDP and DOTr.”

Currently, e-jeepneys run between the city center and the Tagbak terminal in the Jaro district.

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