BEMAC are one of the leading e-trike providers in the Philippines. While their parent company is Japanese, they’re actually manufacturing their tricycles inside the Philippines which is really the best of both worlds. They’re creating local jobs inside the PH and using the advanced technology of the Japanese.
I took a a look at their 68VM Passenger electric trike at the World Trade Center, Manila, Philippines. You can see my video about it below.
E-vehicles in the Philippines
If you hadn’t already noticed, the Philippines is having a huge push for electric vehicles and renewable energy. You’ve probably seen e-trikes and e-jeepneys going around the streets of Manila, Cebu and other parts of the Philippines.
BEMAC 68VM Specs
The BEMAC 68VM is an LTO-compliant electric trike which can carry one driver and 6 passengers. Although there’s physically enough space for 8 people, overloading the vehicle will lead to quicker wear and tear of the mechanical parts.
Thanks to a 4.4 kWh lithium-ion battery, this e-trike has a charge time of just 4 hours and a range of 60KM with a top speed of 50KPH. That range is based on a constant 20KPH speed which I think is appropriate considering the start and stop nature of trikes and the traffic conditions of the Philippines.
At the front of the vehicle you’ll find a disc brake and at the rear you’ll find drum brakes and leaf-spring suspension. At the rear you’ll also find the 5kW AC Motor and flood resistant gearbox assembly. This EV trike also supports regenerative braking which pushes power back into the battery while braking.
From what I’ve read in the newspapers, the BECMAC 68VM sells for around 470,000 PHP which is roughly 9200 USD or 7150 GBP. This might seem a little high, but you have to remember they’re using premium parts which are designed to last a long time.
Instead of cheap lead-acid batteries which have to be maintained and replaced every X years, they’re using premium Toshiba lithium-ion batteries which should easily last a decade or more before you see any serious degradation in capacity.
Instead of a lower power DC motor, they’re using a modern 5kW AC motor.