eSakay e-Jeepneys Now Operating Makati-Mandaluyong Route
The Manila Electric Co. launched the initial eSakay fleet catering to Makati-Mandaluyong route last Friday, January 18, 2019.
The subsidiary planned to deploy 15 e-jeepneys to cater the MRT-Buendia-Mandaluyong City Hall. The jeepneys will go through Jupiter Street.
Further, eSakay will charge its passengers with a minimum fare as the old PUVs amounting to Php 9 for short trips, while Php 15 for longer trips. It will operate from 5 a.m. to 12 m.n. daily.
Citizens can enjoy high-quality perks as the eSakays are fully-equipped with GPS, CCTV, Wi-Fi, USB charging ports, and an automatic fare collector system.
The e-jeepneys can cover to around 100 kilometers with a top speed hitting 60 kilometers per hour and will be recharged after use for 8 to 10 hours.
“Beyond supporting transport operators by supplying electric PUVs and building charging stations, we realized we could create greater impact by being one with them. From this was born our project to operate an electric jeepney route connecting Mandaluyong to the Makati Central Business District,” eSakay president and CEO Raymond Ravelo said in a press release.
In part of the PUV Modernization Program, which promotes an eco-friendly transport system, the eSakay e-PUV also seeks in giving operators a secured income by providing them with a monthly salary.
“The eSakay team worked with the Makati and Mandaluyong LGUs to conduct community-based hiring for the route and also had successful discussions with transport associations in the area,” Ravelo concluded.
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