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Electric minibuses soon in Manila

A fully electric minibus will soon transport workers and residents of Metro Manila.

Manila was given a glimpse of the vehicle, manufactured by Global Electric Transportation (GET) Philippines, yesterday.

GET chief executive officer Freddie Tinga said that the shuttle dubbed BEST (Business for Environmentally Sustainable Transformation) bus will soon ply the cities of Manila, Pasay, Quezon, Valenzuela, and the province of Bulacan.

We are happy for the support from the) City of Manila. This is for environmentally sustainable transportation,” Tinga said during the press briefing.

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said the city is willing to support projects that are in harmony with his environmental advocacies.

He said BEST will contribute to cleaner air while bringing comfort and convenience.

“Its manufacturing is top of the line) and competitive and I’m just happy to showcase it in Manila,” he said.

More than being sustainable and environmentally friendly, the project is also timely as transportation has been a problem in most parts of the country, especially amid the current health crisis.

An initial five electric buses will soon be deployed in Manila while 45 more will arrive in June.

Passengers need to download the application GET PASS for contact tracing purposes and monitoring of real-time location and trip schedules of the buses.

“We will have fixed stops and drop off points. We are also finalizing the telematics where you will see, through the app, the exact location of the bus and how long it will take before it arrives at your point,” Tinga said.*PNA

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