MMDA to open free solar charging stations for e-bikes, e-scooters

The idea of using electric vehicles is really catching on. Though we don’t have a lot of electric 4-wheeled vehicles, we’ve begun to see an abundance of e-bikes and e-scooters. The MMDA seems to want to promote clean and sustainable modes of transportation, so they opened a free solar charging station for such vehicles.

Charging stations for e-bikes, e-scooters free to use

Mmda E Bike Solar Charging Station Inline 01

Photo: MMDA

The use of e-bikes and e-scooters encourages the promotion of green, renewable energy. But the main hurdle is their range and power capacities. With the set opening of the solar charging station, the hope is to make more people aware and interested in such modes of alternative, personal transportation.

“Putting up free charging stations for electronic vehicles such as e-bikes and e-scooters would encourage the public to use alternative mode of transportation and at the same time help them save expenses from high fuel costs,” Romando Artes, MMDA Chairman

Mmda E-Bike Solar Charging Station Inline 03

Photo: MMDA

Using high technology, the charging stations primarily harvest solar power to fill their supply. In cases that this proves inadequate, only then will they tap into the main power grid to address the shortage. The solar power is also recirculated back into the building in cases of surplus energy.

Mmda E-Bike Solar Charging Station Inline 02

Photo: MMDA

Use of the station’s facilities is free of charge. The only reminder that the agency has given is that those who will come to use it will have to bring their own charging cords and cables. The chargers themselves are powered by three solar panels with a built-in inverter and put out a total of six 220V charging outlets.

The station is located on the premises of the new MMDA head office in Brgy. Ugong in Pasig city. It is set to open on Monday, June 27, 2022, and will be free to use from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Artes also said that they plan to put up another charging station at the Orense, Makati headquarters of the agency.

In this light, we are all reminded to make sure that we register our e-bikes and small electric vehicles as the law requires. You can check if yours needs to be registered in our comprehensive guide that you can find here.

Thanks, MMDA! As the saying goes, more power to you and your efforts to bring electric vehicles into the mainstream.

Mikko Juangco
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