Solar powered Jeepneys and Tricycles inline with the LTFRB PUV modernization program, from Star8.
These fully electric vehicles all include solar panels on top, which help to extend the range and generally be more environmentally friendly.
The Star8 Jeepney has a range of 100-120KM (75 miles) on a full charge, can carry up to 20 passengers, has a top speed of 45KPH (28MPH) and fast charges from the grid in 10 hours.
Under the hood you’ll find an AC 72V 16.6kw motor with electric-magnetic brake and an estimated battery bank size of 162 kWh.
The front body and roof is Fiberglass. The seats/side frame is iron. The chassis is high strength welded pipe with rust-proofing paint. The wheel base is 3420mm. Aside from the electric-magnetic braking system built into the motor, the vehicle also includes double line drum brakes.
Unlike some other large electric vehicles, the star8 vehicles include an onboard smart charger and don’t require any special charging station. That means the vehicle can be charged from a regular wall socket at the home of the driver.
The solar panels on top of the vehicles will extend the range but in most circumstances, a regularly used vehicle will still need to suck some juice from the grid.
The cost of recharging from the wall is estimated at around 80 PHP (1.50 USD, 1.20 GBP) which is much cheaper than buying diesel or unleaded gasoline.
Being all electric, you also avoid the expensive oil changes that are required fairly often on a vehicle that spends so much time on the road.
Another part of the public utility vehicle modernization program from LTFRB is to provide the drivers with a set wage instead of them earning per passenger. This should improve the ride quality since the driver doesn’t need to battle or feel threatened by other people “stealing” his passengers. He’s guaranteed a set wage regardless of how many people he carries.