On the 5th of December 2022, the e-quadricycle or e-quad was officially launched as part of the pilot demonstration of the SOLUTIONSplus Project in Pasig City. The event was held at the quadrangle of the Pasig City Hall where the e-quad prototype, developed by local manufacturer ToJo Motors, was introduced and showcased to the public.
Combining the nimbleness of smaller vehicles and the carrying capacity of larger vehicles, the e-quad can accommodate four (4) passengers and bear a maximum load of 450 kilograms.
Another vehicle that will be used for the pilot demonstration, the flexible electric van or the FLEV, was also featured via a video that was played on loop during the launch. The FLEV is being developed by ToJo Motors and the De La Salle University through a funding mechanism of the Department of Science and Technology, and features a chassis that can be used for multiple purposes. In Pasig City, the pilot demonstration involves the shared use of these vehicles for passenger and cargo use to support the City’s day-to-day operations.
Both vehicles are modular in nature and can be configured in a variety of ways to suit the vehicle requirements of their end-users, which will primarily be the different offices of the Pasig City Government. With the help of the De La Salle University, a booking app is currently being developed which will be used by Pasig City offices to reserve and schedule a vehicle of their choice for use in the conduct of their respective operations.
The pilot launch was attended by members of the Pasig City Government, team members of the SOLUTIONSplus Project (Clean Air Asia and Urban Electric Mobility Initiative [UEMI]), as well as representatives from ToJo Motors. City Mayor Hon. Vico Sotto gave the keynote speech and was accompanied by Vice-Mayor Dodot Jaworski, Congressman Roman Romulo, and members of the City Council during the inspection of the e-quad prototype at the venue.
The e-quads and FLEVs are envisioned to replace some of the internal combustion vehicles of the City which currently comprise majority of Pasig’s fleet of vehicles. This comes as an effort to deliver sustainable urban mobility solutions to the City, especially as local government units in the Philippines are required to increase the share of electric vehicles in their fleet with the passage of the Electric Vehicle Industry Development Act (EVIDA) in 2022.