UP launches e-trike system in Diliman campus

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Test operation for the 10 UP E-kot trikes will start on June 20 until August 19.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — In a bid to discover an effective and environmentally-friendly mode of transportation, the University of the Philippines (UP) has launched an e-vehicle system in its Diliman campus on Friday (June 19).

The project is a joint research between BEMAC Electric Transportation Phils. Inc., the Japanese company who made the units, and the National Center for Transportation Studies-UP Diliman.

Test operation for the 10 e-trikes dubbed as the "UP E-kot," an allusion to the iconic "UP Ikot" used by commuters to navigate inside the 493-hectare campus, will start on June 20 until August 19.

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Free rides will be offered during this two-month period. If it performs well, UP plans to buy the 10 units or apply for a donation from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

According to the UP Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Community Affairs (OVCCA), the launch is part of the university's 5-year goal to switch to energy-efficient transportation.

The OVCCA added that the trikes are essential in addressing the issue on the lack of safe transportation inside campus during nighttime.

De La Salle University Dasmariñas and Ateneo de Manila University launched e-jeepney programs in February 2015 and December 2014, respectively.

CNN Philippines' Brian Poe contributed to this report.