FUTURE of mobility
to the PRESENT
The Philippines has a growing demand for fossil fuels in the transportation sector which largely contributes to global warming and climate change. Vehicles running on alternative energy must be explored and developed to avoid reliance on non-renewable sources of energy. Currently, the country has sourced electric vehicle technologies from other countries and deployed them to replace public transportation vehicles, especially tricycles. Despite the introduction of e-Vehicles, the majority of existing market products are all from overseas and there is a limited number of local producers or manufacturers that exist in the country. In Region 02, no e-Trike manufacturers exist. Thus, Cagayan State University with the aid of their program under Metals and Innovation, Engineering Research Development Center (MIERDC) would like to design, develop and fabricate a locally made electric vehicle. This project would start to establish a local e-trike manufacturing hub which will serve as one of the major short distance transport vehicles in the region.
For this endeavor, UP Diliman will use the expertise and experience of its Power Electronics Laboratory to help CSU in developing the electrical and electronics component of the electric tricycle. Having local capability in manufacturing addresses the following concerns of the local industry:
Difficulty in requesting for timely repair and/or replacement of damaged parts as most of the time there are no local offices of foreign suppliers
Lack of actual testing of components in local operating conditions
Easily affected by global supply and global events (especially the current COVID-19 situation which affects global supply chain of manufacturing sector)
Aside from designing the components to suit the desired application of CSU, knowledge transfer will be conducted by holding workshops and seminars for researchers from CSU and setting up a power electronics laboratory in CSU to be able to sustain the NICER for EV in Region 2.