The Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) has leased a new electric vehicle (EV) unit in a bid to gradually replace its old gas-powered fleet vehicles and curtail its greenhouse gas emissions and fuel consumption.
BPI partnered with Global Electric Transportation (GET), a provider of EVs that use fast-charging lithium-ion batteries, to supply its new EV unit. This will be used to provide free shuttle services for its employees traveling between BPI Buendia Center and MRT Buendia Station.
The EV could potentially reduce BPI’s diesel consumption by 30,000 liters per year, which in turn will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40,000 kilograms of CO2 per year.
The EV features a wider body and enough space for 30 people compared with traditional shuttles that can only accommodate and ferry up to 15 passengers at a time.
The EV has a wheelchair ramp for easy boarding and alighting for persons with disabilities (PWDs), as well as facilitating boarding for those carrying bikes and other wheeled items.
The EV harnesses an intelligent fleet management system, with features such as GPS tracking, route optimization, and maintenance alert, which can be accessed through the GETPASS App.