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Traditional Rickshaws In Asia Become More Environmentally Friendly

Traditional Rickshaws In Asia Become More Environmentally Friendly
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Traditional rickshaws in the Philippines are being replaced by electrical tricycles to cut carbon emission and become more cost-effective for the drivers.

Yi Chen
  • 27 september 2011

Rickshaws are motorized tricycles that are often found in South-East Asia. In the Philippines, they are a preferred mode of transport. With over 3.5 million rickshaws in the Philippines, they have become an environmental nightmare, contributing over 10 million tons of carbon each year. In addition, with the rise of fuel prices, rickshaw drivers often make as little as $4 USD a day after refilling the tank.

The government in Manila plans to tackle this problem by introducing electrical rickshaws, simply called e-trikes. These electric vehicles are more cost-effective in the long run compared to fuel-powered rickshaws and officials claim that they will also help reduce pollution. The project is being funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in an effort to introduce more eco-friendly transportation solutions in the Philippines.

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