If you have ever been to the Philippines you will know about the pollution caused by black smoke belching vehicles. The irony is they have to pass smoke tests but as I have experienced they leave the engine of when testing. Go figure!
The above photos tell the story. The second picture is a random roadside test for smoke. The irony is the Jeepney would have passed the emissions test to get a licence renewal (by leaving the engine of when testing)
The good news is they will be soon transitioning to electric
Drivers and operators have the option to buy brand new electric jeepneys or swap their diesel engines for rechargeable ones to comply with government’s efforts to cut pollution. Upgrading the engine is cheaper by P500,000 compared to buying a brand new vehicle which could cost up to P1.7 million, said Mariano Nocom, president of electric engine manufacturer Le Guider.
Older jeepneys are also made of sturdier metal, compared to their newer counterparts, he said. The government is seeking a phaseout of jeepneys over 15 years old to reduce carbon emissions, signaling a new era for the country’s public transport workhorse.
Electronic vehicle manufacturers, however, said savings from just upgrading the engine could be more costly in the long run.”If we change just the engine or the motor tapos luma pa din yung ibang parts, sunod-sunod pa rin masisira yan,” Rommel Juan, president of the E-Vehicles Association of the Philippines, told ABS-CBN News.
(If we change just the engine or the motor and the other parts remain the same, soon enough it will break down one by one.)
Juan proposed an incentive package including tax cuts, free parking, free charging and exemption from the number coding scheme for operators who will immediately shift to battery power.
The Department of Trade and Industry said it was still studying proposals related to the government’s modernization program. A showcase for jeepney prototypes will be held in September to allow stakeholders to decide which modifications will best fit the Philippine’s iconic people carrier.
Jeepneys are the main form of public transport. They seat between 12 and 24 passengers tightly squeezed onto two bench seats. The Philippines people are very sociable and it is always fun to ride one. They are quite dangerous and some of the drivers pull incredible stunts to get to a passenger.
In many cases buses are replacing the Jeepney and eventually new rail lines will reduce the numbers in urban areas and large cities. There are hundreds of thousands of Jeepneys so it is no small feet to make the transition and find the electricity.