by Reina Garcia for iCSC
The Makati Green Route (MGR) was launched on November 10, 2009 in Makati City. Also blessed on the same day was the country’s first ever eJeepney charging station located at the Makati Fire Station at the Ayala Avenue extension where launching activities were held.
Under the MGR, eJeepneys will offer free rides daily in two routes, the Legaspi Village loop and the Salcedo Village loop. Both routes will start and end at the Landmark Department Store area along Makati Avenue with a 10-second dwell time in each of the 13 specially-marked stops in each loop.
For the Salcedo Village route, from Landmark, the eJeepneys will go through Makati Avenue, Paseo de Roxas, Villar St., Dela Rosa, Valero, Sedeno, back to Paseo de Roxas, Makati Avenue and finally back to Landmark via North and Rizal Drives.
For the Legazpi Village loop, from Landmark, the eJeepneys take on Esperanza, Paseo de Roxas, Legazpi, Dela Rosa, Salcedo, Benavidez, Esperanza, Makati Avenue and finally back to Landmark through North and Rizal Drives.
The eJeepneys will be plying Mondays to Fridays starting from 7:00 am to 10:00 am, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm. The objective is to have an eJeepney at every designated eJeepney stop every 15 minutes.
The project is expected to dramatically reduce noise and air pollution in Makati as the eJeepney does not emit either noise or harmful exhaust emissions. Studies have shown that every liter of diesel avoided results in a reduction of 3,140 grams of CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) and 16 grams of NOx (Nitrous Oxide) that are released to the atmosphere. At excessive levels, these harmful emissions could result in climate change that has recently been blamed for the typhoons and floods that devastated not only the metrópolis but most of the country. Furthermore, because it has a dwell time of only 10 seconds per stop, it will not contribute to traffic jams.
The eJeepney is locally designed and assembled by PhUV Inc., the business arm of MVPMAP. It can comfortably seat 14 passengers (12 at the rear and two at the front, including the driver) and can be operated for about 65 kms after every full charge at a maximum of speed of 35 kph. It is just part of a bigger program, the Climate Friendly Cities Program of iCSC. This program has three major components: a biodigester fed with biodegradable household wastes to generate electricity, a depot or a terminal and the end-users of the electricity generated by alternative means, a fleet of eJeepneys.
The locally-assembled eJeepney is the very first electric vehicle ever granted a license plate by the Land Transportation Office. It was also awarded a Fr. Satur Neri Award by the Presidential Adviser on Climate Change during this year’s Earth Day celebrations.
This project is supported by Binalot Fiesta Foods, Makati Parking Authority (MAPA), Makati Commercial Estate Association (MACEA), PhilBio and the National Center for Transportation Studies (NCTS).
Starting November 10, Makati City will offer free eJeepney rides in two routes, in Salcedo Village and in Legaspi Village, starting and ending in Landmark..