More than 300 tricycle units in Boracay were already replaced with electric tricycles or e-trikes in preparation for its full phase-out.
Rowen Aguirre, executive assistant of the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Malay said this is more than half of the island’s tricycle units. Aguirre said some of the e-trike operators have delayed the usage of their units with the current condition of the roads in the island.
Due to the ongoing rehabilitation of the island, portions of the main road are still under construction. “This is the reason why the full phase-out was temporarily suspended,” Aguirre said in a media interview.
The full phase-out of diesel powered tricycles in the island was supposed to be implemented on September. However, Aguirre clarified that the full phase-out will still push through once road rehabilitation is done.
He said application for e-trike franchise in still ongoing. Meanwhile, in line with the phase-out of motor tricycles, the Department of Energy will be donating 200 e-trike units to Boracay drivers.
Aside from e-trikes, other electric vehicles are also eyed replace other public transport vehicles on the island. Transport service operators and hotels with service vehicles will also be required to use vehicles that are only Euro 4 compliant to become more environment-friendly.