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2012.03.17 The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online - Battery-Powered Bus To Help Mitigate Climate Change
By DUANE ALLMAN R. DIZON
March 16, 2012, 2:10pm
MANILA, Philippines - Dubbed the Electronic Bus (eBus), the environment-friendly transport vehicle produces no greenhouse gas (GHG), which was made possible through the 'Victory Against Climate Change' program of the Office of the President’s Climate Change Commission, in partnership with Victory Liner, one of the leading transportation operators in the country.

“We are looking at the eBus as one of the vehicles that will carry government efforts to address the causes of climate change,” Ochoa, who himself turned on the ignition key of the bus and drove it around Malacanang grounds during the launching, said in a statement. “The use of gasoline or diesel in our vehicles has been identified by science as one of the causes of climate change as it produces carbon dioxide, one of the major GHG in our atmosphere.”

The bus runs on 400V "Winston" rare-earth Yttrium Lithium-ion battery, has a maximum speed of 90 kilometers per hour (kph) and can carry 26 passengers. In addition to being environmentally-conscious, its fleet will be independent of oil, and thus would not be affected by fare hikes.

Climate Change Commissioner and Vice Chairperson Mary Ann Lucille Sering said that the use of battery-powered vehicles is one of the strategies under the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) to help reduce the emission of greenhouse gases, which include engaging domestic transport companies. The said partnership is expected to encourage more transportation companies to follow suit.

For its part, Victory Liner will help promote climate change consciousness by designating several of its provincial buses to carry advertisement on climate change at no cost to the government.

Aside from investing in the export of eBuses, the government will also venture into the local production and assembly of the vehicle to help spur “Green Jobs.” According to Sering, the plan is to first introduce some 2,000 battery-powered busses, and eventually reduce the cost. "The plan is to do battery-swapping so buses can swap anywhere," Sering said.

http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/354447/batterypowered-bus-to-help-mitigate-climate-change





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