As commuters rant about the hellish traffic and daily commute in the metro and nearby provinces, here comes an alternative that seeks to “boost mass urban transport.”
Meet the Hybrid Electric Road Train, a newly-rolled out mass transport system designed by Filipino engineers from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)’s Metals Industry Research and Development Center.
DOST said the 40-meter-long bus/train was created to “help address the worsening mass transportation problem in Metro Manila and other urban areas” across the country.”
The hybrid vehicle was unveiled at the Clark Freeport Parade Ground in Pampanga Thursday.
Fully-airconditioned and with five coaches, the hybrid vehicle can take in a maximum of 240 passengers per trip. It can run at a maximum speed of 50 kilometers per hour and boasts of a hybrid engine that runs on diesel fuel or electricity.
“We hope to see them in our streets the moment they are fully commercialized,” said DOST Secretary Mario Montejo in a statement.
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) rolls out its Hybrid Electric Road Train at the Clark Freeport Parade Ground in Pampanga | Photo by: Abs-cbnnews.com
“Unlike conventional railway systems, the hybrid road train is more energy efficient since there is no need for alternating current running through suspended cables,” the DOST statement also said.
The hybrid vehicle also claims to be environment-friendly, as it supposedly has less smoke emissions compared to other public transport and private vehicles.