Philippines - Victory Liner, Inc. is prepared to invest as much as
P250 million to put up a plant that will produce electric buses.
Victory Liner director for research and development Jan. H. Kierulf
signed yesterday a memorandum of understanding with the Climate Change
Commission, represented by Secretary Mary Ann Lucille L. Sering, to
undertake research on electric-powered buses.
According to Sering, “the use of electric powered vehicles has been
identified as one of the strategies under the National Climate Change
Action Plan (NCCAP) to help reduce the emission of greenhouse gases
Under a program called “Victory Against Climate Change,” Victory
Liner would undertake research on the feasibility of electric buses.
According to Kierulf, Victory Liner has invested P30 million to do
research and has produced one prototype for testing and promotion.
Kierulf said Victory Liner, is prepared to invest an additional P250
million to put up a manufacturing plant to produce e-buses on the
condition that government-through the proper entity-provides incentives
for the importation of components for the manufacture of the e-buses,
and that additional franchises would be extended for the green transport.
Sering assured that the Climate Change Commission would recommend
and support a policy that will encourage the development and use of
e-buses once the R&D proves the viability of such technology.
According to Kierulf, Victory Liner, plans to manufacture its own
buses using technology provided by RAC of Taiwan.
The estimated cost of an e-bus would be around P8 million.
Kierulf said each e-bus is programmed to cover a distance of 240 kilometers
on a six-hour charging of its battery.
He said the e-bus would be cheaper to operate than a diesel bus. An
electric engine would be easier to maintain, and most of all it would
no longer be a pollutant, Kierulf added.
Additionally, Kierulf cited the possibility of lower fares because
of the cheaper cost of operating an e-bus.