Monday, July 28, 2014

Electric trike ride Puerto Princesa Palawan

I took this a couple of years ago and it's still going strong. The eT4 electric taxi trike Dave Dewbre, EVC (Electric Vehicle Consultant) developed and had built completely in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. We now use this etrike as a school "bus" to take our daughter to school in along with 7 of her school mates.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

C Magazine Exclusive Feature in May 2013 Issue

Pick up May 2013 Issue of C! Magazine
the automotive authority

Dave Dewbre's  (Electric vehicle consultant) electric tricycle project is the Exclusive feature. It's showcasing Mayor Edward Hagedorn's pioneering etrike projects for clean air since 2006 and how Dave took Hagedorn's lead and developed 6 different prototypes for different terrains and load capacity.

Dave talks about the issues involved in today's manufacturing issues such as the lack of post sales service.

Pick up May issue of C! Magazine, the automotive authority to read the rest of the story! There are 4 more pages of story and photos.

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Check out Dave Dewbre's electric motorcycle store. (They do not ship to the Philippines because of excessive customs charges)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

DOE unveils eTrike Prototype


DOE unveils ETrike prototype
The new electric tricycle prototype

The Department of Energy and the Asian Development Bank recently unveiled for public inspection the mock-up prototype of the electric tricycle for the much-awaited $500 Million ETrike Project.
Among the first to view the prototype were members of the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines, led by its president Rommel Juan.
“Our next initiative will be to schedule a technical meeting with the DOE to discuss further the design, safety and functional elements of the ETrike. We also want to discuss with them our inputs on manufacturing concerns, mass production, localization efforts as well as clearing up the payment flow for the project. We would like to maintain open communication lines with the DOE and we are happy that they have been very receptive to the concerns of the would-be end users, suppliers, assemblers and other players in the ETrike industry,” Juan said.

Read full article:

Friday, September 21, 2012

Electric Tricycles Philippnes- Good idea - bad roll outs

This is one of two articles I have found recently about the down side of e-trikes in the Philippines being rolled out.

To quote the article:
By Sabrina Gacad, Walden Bello

"There is no disputing the fact that vehicles running on alternative energy are good for the environment. Today, there is universal recognition that coal and fossil fuels are the main contributors to global warming and climate change, and their fluctuating prices cause economic instability, leaving peoples in the developing world vulnerable to the periodic shocks of the market. It is not surprising therefore that alternative energy takes centerstage in issues of sustainable development, and that people expect regional development banks like the ADB to support alternative energy projects.'

However, the program design and the loan package are riddled with problems and loopholes that defeat the the objective of promoting and developing the alternative energy vehicles industry in the Philippines. It also leaves the project highly vulnerable to large-scale corruption."

The electric tricycles that have already been rolled out are rife with problems. Most don't function properly, from bad motors to controllers, to important instruments that don't work at all. The safety features such as blinkers, wind shield wipers, battery charge indicators and such, are are reportedly not working in about 30 of the vehicles across the country.  After sales service seems to be sorely lacking according to those that have purchased the units.

Here is another article, this one on the opinion of Greenpeace:

Sunday, September 2, 2012

New Puerto Princesa electric tricycles

Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines - Sept. 3, 2012

Six new electric tricycles have arrived in for a test.

I can't say anything about them, only show you the photos since I haven't had a chance to ride in them yet.

The only comment I have is that I read in several news articles that the batteries were to be lithium, and these are not.

eTrike from the rear.

Puerto Princesa Electric tricycle side.

My issue with the electric vehicle going to market now, is the lack of after sales service.  Seems like I am not the only one. Read this article -

Also, they have solar panels, which won't actually charge all those batteries in this etrike, but it will help when they are parked for long periods of time.

Several private parties have contacted Dave Dewbre, EV consultant with many issues of the newly released electric trikes other than the one's pictured here. I can't help but wonder why they keep going to him and not the original manufacturers, except they aren't getting any help from them.

Here's a government issued press release.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

President Aquino introduced to eTrike Consultants

Feb 9, 2011
Mayor Edward Hagedorn of Puerto Princesa City Palawan, Philippines, took the opportunity of President Aquino's visit to the PPC Underground River to introduce us as his Electric Trike consultants. PNoy voiced his total approval of all the EV projects going on in the Philippines right now, as a step in the right direction for our country's air and for the planet in General!

Dave Dewbre has the first hand experience with most of the makes and models of etrikes being bought in the Philippines. He does hands on training for interested parties in Puerto Princesa, Palawan and is now trouble shooting the electric trikes that have already been purchased and having major issues.

L to R: Dave DewbreDiana J. Limjoco, Mayor Edward Hagedorn, President Benigno Aquino III in Sabang, Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

Update: We have since moved our research and development to our property in Luzviminda.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Electric vehicle Toddler

Alysha Ariela in her new electric car. That's my ET3 eTrike in back of her which she is used to riding in with me when we go out and about town doing our errands togehter.
Our daughter Alysha Ariela has been driven around in one form of electric vehicle or another since infancy. It was a natural request to us when, at 3 years old, she asked Santa for an electric car of her very own. You can't start early enough teaching a child to love our planet and do things in life that will help our mother earth.
Alysha in my ET3 e-Trike at GT Eco Center, Puerto Princesa
Palawan, Philipines. We, I believe are the FIRST all electric
vehicle family in the Philippines as far as them being our every day
vehicle. It looks like she's thinking, "I can't wait till I'm big enough
to drive mommy's trike!

Click any photo to enlarge.

Alysha in her electric car next to mom and pop's e-Trikes at GT Eco Center

Alysha was learning how to drive her eCar in the test lot with me leading in my own ET3 eTrike. She went round in circles perfectly with me and when she saw the ramp we drive the eVehicles up to the GT Eco Center showroon everyday, she went right up with no reservations what-so-ever.

Filmed with my GoPro Hero action Cam

If you click this link to the movie on youtube, there is actually music. I am not sure why it won't play the music when you embed the movie in a blog.