IN order to encourage the public to use alternate modes of transport and promote green and renewable energy, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) today launched a free solar charging station for electronic bikes and electronic scooters at its head office in Pasig City.
Located at the new MMDA head office building in Barangay Ugong, Pasig City, the free solar charging station will be opened to the public on Monday, June 27, from 6 am to 7 pm.
MMDA Chairman Atty. Romando Artes said the project would help ease the burden of the high cost of petroleum products to the public by providing them a free charging station to charge their e-vehicles. However, those who will use the charging station should bring their own charging cords and cables.
“Putting up free charging stations for electronic vehicles such as e-bikes and e-scooters would encourage the public to use alternative mode of transportation and at the same time help them save expenses from high fuel cost,” Artes said.
Three solar panels with built-in inverter will be the main power source of the station with a total of six 220V charging outlets.
The charging station uses high technology, where in case solar power harvested will be insufficient to power the e-vehicles being charged, the station will tap into the building’s main power grid to compensate for the shortage in power. Likewise, all excess electricity being harnessed by the solar panels will then be distributed back to the building.
Another similar charging station is being eyed at the MMDA headquarters in Orense, Makati to accommodate those who are traversing EDSA.
Meanwhile, Artes appealed to e-bikers and e-scooter drivers to adhere to the Land Transportation Office’s Administrative Order No. 2021-039 or the Consolidated Guidelines in the Classification, Registration, and Operation of All Types of Electric Motor Vehicles for their own safety.