[box type=”default” size=”large”] Obama inspected GET prototype during his Manila visit [/box]
MANILA – The Americans introduced the diesel-powered jeepneys, which are popular public transport vehicles, in the Philippines after World War II.
Now, the Americans will attempt to replace the jeepneys with electric mini bus prototype vehicles known as Global Electric Transportation (GET).
A 50-50 joint venture between Americam and Filipino investors has been set up to produce GETs. The name of the joint-venture company is Pangea Philippines.
In his recent visit to the Philippines, President Obama inspected a GET vehicle, a red jeepney with shiny chrome fenders and colorful livery, at a manufacturing plant in Cavite Province.
Obama was assisted in his inspection of the GET vehicle by Ken Montler, CEO of Global Electric Transportation Ltd. (GETL); Freddie Tinga, president of GETL; and Robert Martin. Mike del Rosario is the director of operations for Pangea Philippines.
Pangea Motors, based in Vancouver, Washington, is the sole provider of the GET system.
The system known as City Optimized Managed Electric Transport (COMET) is expected to replace 30,000 pollution-spewing jeepneys in the next three years.
The prototype vehicle viewed by President Obama is larger than a jeepney and has higher ceilings and it looks more comfortable. It accepts only fare cards, not cash commonly used by passengers to pay the jeepney driver.
GET uses leading American electric vehicle technology to solve mass transport-related problems in emerging megacities and environmentally impacted areas.
According to a handout from the White House, GET is a 50-50 venture between American and Filipino investors. The company is set to develop an interconnected mass transport system.
GET’s COMET was scheduled to be launched in Manila this month (May 2014).
Pangea Motors provides COMET’s engineering, design and manufacturing processes. GET Philippines handles fleet management, a cashless fare system, passenger media analytics and final vehicle assembly.
The project’s economic impact is such that once fully operational, COMET will generate hundreds of American jobs and hundreds of downstream suppliers.
In the next three years, GET is expected to purchase $200 million worth of US high-end electronic components for COMET.