Promoting eco-friendly ‘e-bike’ among Filipinos



By Marjorie Gorospe

QUEZON CITY, METRO MANILA—The electric bike or e-bike is an eco-friendly and alternative mode of transportation that can significantly reduce pollution in cities.

OMQ Marketing, the company that sells and distributes these bikes, said the battery-operated e-bike can benefit city dwellers.

Albert Lubao, marketing manager at OMQ, explains that the e-bike does not have an internal combustion engine and does not release carbon monoxide like a typical automobile.

“Aside from the fact that it is easy to use, the e-bike helps save the environment because it does not use gasoline, it does not produce smoke, it has very low maintenance, and it does not produce noise,” says Lubao.

He adds that the e-bike does not need to be registered at the Land Transportation Office (LTO) because the bike’s speed falls below 55kph.

The e-bike only needs to be charged for four hours in any outlet at home and charging cost is about 10 pesos, he adds. The bike automatically turns off its charging and when in use, the battery lasts for about 80 kilometers or about 2 to 3 hours.

If the bike runs out of battery, Lubao says you can then just use the built-in pedals.

Lubao says OMQ Marketing distributes different models of the e-bike. An example is the Model D bike which is priced at P22,000 and runs between from 35Kph to 40Kph. The slightly expensive Model C, priced at P23,000, is referred to as an “all-purpose bike” that resembles a scooter. This model can accommodate two riders and can be used for deliveries, Lubao says.

Since its introduction in the country in 2008, Lubao says the e-bike has received good response from the local market.

“We hope that the government will also support the advocacy of cleaning the air and the e-bike one way of achieving that goal,” he adds.

For inquiries, you may directly get in touch with Albert Lubao or visit OMQ store at Salomon Building 1427 E. Rodriguez Sr., Ave Brgy. Kristong Hari, Quezon City or call 7219053/3844467.

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