EV shift boosts drivers’ income

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Amid fears of losing their livelihood to the government’s modernization plan, drivers can earn as much as P30,000 monthly by plying electric vehicles manufactured by technology firm Global Electric Transport or GET.

In an interview Tuesday on Straight Talk, the Daily Tribune’s online talk show, GET president Freddie Tinga assured drivers and operators of guaranteed sustainable profits using the GET fleet.

“We expect that once they run the routes efficiently, drivers should earn about P30,000 a month. Even after paying their loan, they can continue earning this much,” Tinga said.

He pointed out that the profits will be achievable because GET electric vehicles are efficient, on top of their 30-person seating capacity, which allows drivers to carry more passengers.
He said electric vehicles are not expensive to maintain, contrary to the fears of many drivers who are afraid to switch.

“An electric vehicle is more expensive capital expenditure-wise, but in terms of operating expenses it’s cheaper — which means it’s cheaper in the long run,” he said.

To further boost its fleet, GET is now working closely with international car manufacturers based in the United States, Korea, and China, to name a few. He said other makers’ expertise will help GET improve its operations.

As of the end of 2021, there were about 9,000 registered electric vehicles, of which 378 were public utility vehicles. There are 327 charging stations nationwide.

The national plan for the electric vehicle industry through the Comprehensive Roadmap for the Electric Vehicle Industry will be released by the end of the first quarter of this year after a series of nationwide public consultations.

By 2040, the government targets to have a 10 percent penetration rate of electric vehicles for road transport.

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