Impact Hub Manila Fellowship

150km per day EJeepney

Jade DG
Jade DG | Jul 25, 2016 | in Sustainable Energy Solutions

LTFRB has a moratorium on issuing jeepney franchises to ICE (internal combustion engine)/diesel jeeps. Lots of places still need jeeps and have been experimenting with using eJeepneys. But the battery technology being employed locally leaves much to be desired. These currently available eJeepneys have high cost of ownership due short battery lifespan, low endurance requiring constant charging, and batteries weighing as much as the passengers, leading to decreased efficiency. Diesel Jeepneys are a major source of airborne pollution. 

Who faces this problem?

Jeepney franchise owners, and local government units (barangays). They cannot add new jeepneys due to the LTFRB moratorium, their old ones are dilapidated. They can add eJeepneys but it is cost prohibitive. There is a lack in clean last-mile transportation. Our target customers are LGUs who want to offer a green alternative to current transportation methods. Secondary market are LTFRB jeepney franchise holders who service a specific route or want to expand their operations.

How does your idea address this problem?

We will bridge the performance gap between current locally used E-vehicles and ICE (internal combustion engines) vehicles by using lithium iron phosphate batteries, an optional solar charging station, and possibly regenerative braking, to create a sustainable and financially viable solution. 


What’s new and unique about your idea?

We have already rolled out the core technologies and created a prototype. We have already pre-negotiated with a barangay to deploy the prototype evehicle wherein they will pay for it over a 5 year period. We have a dual income stream for the e-vehicle, which includes the lease payments from the client as well as monthly payments from advertising on the evehicle. We have partnered with a power generation company to provide lowcost renewable energy at client's site, optional to the client, but will definitely lower the cost of charging the batteries to a third of the cost of using diesel. (if they pay current meralco rates, they are still half the price of diesel) 

How are you going to earn money?

The projected return on investment is 2.5 to 3.5 years. It is self-sustainable, with power rates at P7 to P10/kWh and if client purchases solar, levelized cost of energy goes down to P2/kWh. 

The customers are barangays or jeepney owners that run a set route. Secondary customers can be resort owners or places that use a shuttle service in a closed route. Effective range is 150km/day. 1 to 2 hours of "top up" charging mid-day can greatly extend the range. 

Do you already have customers?

No, but we have a verbal agreement with a client - if we can beat their current setup (an ejeepney with only 60km daily range and takes 4 hours to recharge), they will take 20 units. 


Who is in your team?

·       Mike DeGuzman – CEO and founder of Solaric Corp, a pioneer in the Philippines rooftop solar industry. Mike has been testing e-vehicles around the world for the past 3 years. He has designed and deployed hundreds of solar photovoltaic systems – both offgrid and ongrid in the past 6 years. He grew up in an auto shop and spent his younger years making ninja stars by cutting out sheet metal and forging it with a blow torch, welding inventions, and eventually made his own generator when he was 19 during the Philippine power crisis in the early 1990s.

·       Jade DeGuzman –  Vice President of Solaric Corp. Subject matter expert for hybrid energy storage systems used for civil defense applications and deployed in remote areas around the Philippines. Previously (until year 2010) owned a US-based business focusing on highly specialized battery backup systems for the US Space Shuttle Program. She specializes in reducing system costs by sourcing direct to manufacturer and negotiating the best rates.

·       Lord Linley Aguilar – President of Energie Co, a PV solar company in Las Pinas, and is also a managing director in a heavy equipment construction company. He is an avid and nationally-ranked radio control car racer and motor electronics expert. Lord will be in charge of the automotive aspects. This includes body shop works, steering control, suspension control, retrofitting and repurposing off-the-shelf parts to make our electromechanical means of conveyance (eJeep).


We believe our FORTE is in electrical engineering, procurement/supply chain, business development, and marketing. 

Have you already founded/incorporated your company?


What is the intended positive impact on the environment and/or society of your venture?

To show there are alternatives to traditionally held notions of transportation. Cleaner air, lower costs of operation and maintenance. We have to stop using internal combustion engines (ICE), especially non-emission controlled diesel engines which are predominantly used in Jeepneys. A jeepney was an ingenious stop gap measure after WW2. However, after 70 years, its not keeping up with the times. Its already 2016, why are we still using heavily polluting jeepneys? 

How will the Fellowship Program enable you to achieve your ambitions?

The Fellowship Program will enable us to produce a working model that can be a mass people mover. Our current prototype only seats 6. We need a larger one with lithium batteries and possibly regenerative braking. The Fellowship Program will enable us to obtain a wider network of potential investors, customers, and policy makers to make our dream of a greener Philippines possible. 

Are you living in the Philippines?


Dante Garzon Jul 25, 2016

Heck yeah! Great idea!

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Jeric Alvarez Jul 26, 2016

This is sustainable enough to support jeepneys who frequently stop at traffic lights and circles about a short route. I am a student of College of Saint Benilde and we have an E-Jeepney that gives us shuttle rides from campus to campus. It is great. No noise coming from the engine whatsoever. I truly believe that this could solve environmental issues.

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Gonzalo Fadrilan Jul 26, 2016

I believed your 6 seat model will be the best replacement for tricycles now a days. No carbon and noise pollution at all. How much it cost for your 6 seat model ??..

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