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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

DOE launches Best E-trike Design Contest nationwide

by Nephele Fabiola Kirong

QUEZON CITY, January 17 (PIA) -- Aside from jeepneys, tricycles remain as one of the most commonly used public transportation for Filipino commuters.

Scouring private thoroughfares and narrow streets and avenues, tricycles are usually used for travelling in shorter distances and still persist as a popular transport in rural areas.

As it is built together with a motorcycle, this form of transport also heavily relies on gasoline and its emission, together with the rest of the transport sector, is often cited for adding to the air pollution problem.

The Department of Energy (DOE), in its aim towards an environment-friendly, sustainable and energy-efficient transport, seeks to address this by launching a nationwide contest for the Best Philippine E-trike Design.

Under the theme “Bright Now! Do Right. Be Bright. Go E-trike!” the contest is open to all Filipino citizens, aged 18 and above, individual or by group and currently residing in the country.

The design, rendered in 2D and 3D CAD drawings, should be a three-wheeled electric vehicle and can fit six passengers (maximum) excluding the driver.

Ten finalists will be chosen and among them, the top three will receive P200,000 each for their designs, and the remaining seven will receive P50,000 each.

The top three winners will also have their designs considered for possible adoption by the DOE for an E-trike project implementation.

Official entry forms and detailed contest mechanics can be downloaded at the websites of the Department of Energy ( and the Philippine Information Agency (

Contest designs, together with accomplished entry form and a duly notarized Oath of Ownership, must be submitted to the DOE – Energy Utilization Management Bureau in both hard copy and CD format on/or before 4:00 p.m. on February 17, 2012.

Final judging will be on February 24 and winning participants will be notified through registered mail.

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