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NEDO Launches a Project to Demonstrate a Next-Generation Public Transport System in the Philippines

-Aiming to Reduce Energy Consumption by 85% with e-Tricycles and an EV Ecosystem-
October  20,2016
New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)

NEDO, together with the Philippines' Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the country's Intramuros Administration (IA), has launched a project to demonstrate a next-generation public transport system that uses a combination of electric tricycles (e-tricycles) and an electric vehicle (EV) ecosystem.

This demonstration project was commissioned by NEDO and is being conducted by SoftBank Corp. in Manila to determine the feasibility of a public transport system that meets the needs of the local area through efforts such as management of vehicle capacity, management of EV charging, and punctual operation of scheduled services that takes into account traffic conditions. The aim of the project is to introduce and promote a next-generation public transport system in the country and to reduce energy consumption by 85%.

  • image; Conceptual image of the next-generation transport system and technology in the demonstration
    Conceptual image of the next-generation transport system and technology in the demonstration

1.Overview

The Philippines has a strong interest in efficient public transportation that can be achieved by using EV technology and information technology. The country hopes to alleviate the environmental burden of transportation, such as noise, traffic congestion, and air pollution caused by gasoline and diesel vehicle exhaust. Against this backdrop, NEDO agreed with the Philippines' Department of Trade and Industry and the Intramuros Administration in April 2016 to implement a demonstration project aimed at introducing and promoting a next-generation public transport system that combines e-tricycles and an EV ecosystem, signing a memorandum of understanding with each of them.

Under the agreement, NEDO, together with the DTI and IA, just launched a project to demonstrate a next-generation public transport system called Mobility as a System, using a combination of e-tricycles and an EV ecosystem.

The demonstration project was commissioned by NEDO and is being conducted by SoftBank Corp. and will be carried out for almost two years (October 2016–September 2018) in Intramuros, a district in Manila that attracts many tourists and is home to many educational institutions. The EV ecosystem used in the demonstration consists of four elements: a charging infrastructure that includes vehicle authentication, telematics for operation control and asset management, a service platform for fare collection and other operations, and an on-board communications device. The following activities will be conducted in this project using e-tricycles and the EV ecosystem:

  • (1) The demonstration project will be conducted to introduce a next-generation public transport system that combines new e-tricycles and the EV ecosystem and to verify the effectiveness and energy conservation effects of the system. Specifically, this will involve verifying whether the next-generation public transport system can provide punctual operation of scheduled services, management of vehicle capacity, and management of e-tricycle charging, while considering traffic conditions and meeting the needs of the local area.
  • (2) Environmental problems with vehicle charging are a common obstacle to the popularization of e-tricycles. Therefore, a system will be established to build and manage, through a network, a database of information on the vehicle charging infrastructure. The information will include the authentication and amount of charging for individual vehicles and the status of individual devices.
  • (3) This technology is essentially applicable in its current form to various electric vehicles, whether they have two, three, or four wheels. Therefore, the project will develop a method through which this next-generation public transport system can be provided as a package to passenger transport operators.

The demonstration project aims to achieve punctual operation of scheduled services, management of vehicle capacity, management of vehicle charging, and application of the system (technology) to wider fields, and to introduce and promote a next-generation public transport system in the Philippines, with the ultimate goal of radically reducing exhaust gases and energy consumption.

2.Operation Commencement Ceremony

The operation commencement ceremony was held on October 20 in Intramuros.

Munehiko Tsuchiya, Executive Director of NEDO; Ma Corazon Halili Dichosa, Executive Director of DTI; Merceditas C. de Sahagun, Chief. Finance and Administrative Division of IA; Junichiro Suzuki, Trade and Commerce Attaché of the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines; and Amane Kito, Senior Vice President of SoftBank Corp. were in attendance.

3.For more information, please contact:

NEDO Energy Conservation Technology Department
Tel: +81-44-520-5284­

NEDO International Affairs Department
Tel: +81-44-520-5190­