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Saturday, December 18, 2021

MERALCO Now Swapping Its Pickup, Van Fleet For EVs Too


Pilipinas Autogroup has been tapped by Meralco to provide two electric vehicle models for its electric transport projects. These vehicles—an electric pickup truck and an electric van were deployed in partnership with Meralco subsidiary, eSakay.

Through its Green Mobility Program, Meralco is beginning to electrify its vehicle fleet. The first is the Dongfeng Rich 6 EV which is the first mass produced electric pick-up truck in the world. The Rich 6 is one of the many products the automaker has co-developed with Nissan.

The electric version of the Rich 6 has a permanent magnet synchronous motor capable of delivering 163 horsepower and 420 Nm of torque to the rear wheels. Supplying power is a 67.9-kWh ternary lithium-ion battery pack that helps it achieve a cruising range of 403 kilometers based on the New European Driving Cycle or NEDC.

Meanwhile, the Dongfeng EM26 EV Cargo Van is designed for courier and logistics companies as it can carry 1,360 kilograms in its 5.6-cubic meter cargo hold. This model also uses a permanent magnet synchronous motor driving the rear wheels. All in all, it makes 95 horsepower and 230 Nm of torque. The battery pack is a 41.9-kWh lithium iron phosphate battery that has a range of 220 kilometers.

“The electric vehicle era is fast approaching as technology accelerates to evolve. This is evidenced by the incredible operating range of the Dongfeng Rich 6 which could not have been realized 5 years ago. Our partnership with eSakay builds excitement for us as we are able to introduce Dongfeng’s exemplary technology in electric vehicles to the Philippines. It is only a matter of time before we make these EVs available to the public.” said in a statement by PilipinasAuto’s president and General Manager, Ms. Ginia Domingo.

“Our strategic collaboration with PilipinasAuto underscores eSakay’s continuing commitment to promote the country’s important transition to electrified transport. It also highlights and heightens our pledge to provide our clients with top-notch, reliable, and fit-for-purpose electric vehicles, supported by requisite charging infrastructure solutions. This is all geared towards enabling our clients to enhance their operations while advancing their sustainability agenda,” Meralco Chief Sustainability Officer and eSakay CEO, Raymond B. Ravelo, said.

Further, he added, “Through our partnership with PilipinasAuto, we continue to be catalysts of green mobility, as part of our thrust to protect and preserve our planet.”

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