Thursday, September 1, 2016
Pinoy OFW Engineer Builds Own Electric Vehicle
Clima Mobility is the newest member of the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP). However, Clima Mobility does not fit the profile of a regular EVAP member. It is not backed up by a big manufacturing company or a foreign partner or funded by a foreign multinational company. Clima Mobolity is a product of an intense passion for automobiles and for the love of the environment.
It was founded by Adonis Lagangan, a 1994 mechanical engineering graduate of the Mapua Institute of Technology. Even at a young age, he had an intense passion for automobiles. He dreamt of one day designing and assembling his own electric car. To acquire the needed funding, he worked as an OFW in coal-fired power plant projects around Asia as a project-based commissioning engineer for Marubeni Corporation.
He narrates that he was so passionate about pursuing his dream such that in between deployments, he honed his skills in forming and 3D CADD designing. “I then worked to complete the design of the prototype of my dream electric car. I fervently hoped that one day, I will become a full-time EV manufacturer”.
Lagangan got his wish. As soon as he got the chance to be home more often, he set up Clima Mobility and went about building the prototype of his electric car. This became their flagship product, an electric mini sedan they call the Genius EV.
The Genius EV has a seating capacity of 5 persons and is powered by a 10 kw, 72 volts brushless DC motor. Power is provided by 6 pieces 12-volt, 120 ampere-hour Motolite batteries. It has a maximum speed of 75 km/h with a range of 60 to 70 kilometers after charging for 4 to 5 hours. He expects to sell the Genius EV for a target price of about P 450,000 to P 500,000.
Lagangan’s plan is to offer the Genius EV to LGUs and other government agencies, corporate clients, taxi operators, and individuals. “It can be used as a small electric taxi for Metro Manila, as a patrol car for the barangays, as a service vehicle for LGUs, government agencies and big companies and as a delivery car for logistics companies with the rear portion modified as an enclosed van. Even individuals who wish to save on fuel and help reduce pollution in the city will find the Genius EV the perfect solution”.
“However, first, we need to gear up for bigger manufacturing prospects”, he says. “Right now, we manufacture on a build-to-order basis. We need green financing to help finance our operations and an inventory of electric cars. Thus, we are now in search for grants and funding to build up our plant capacity. We are also open to partnership, whether local or foreign, for funding and technical assistance to improve our product”.