Makati joins electric vehicle motorcade for Earth Day


By Mike Frialde – Makati City celebrates Earth Day today (April 22) by joining the “Biyaheng Malinis, Biyaheng Kay Ganda” pollution-free motorcade of electric-powered vehicles.

The motorcade, which is co-sponsored by the city government, aims to promote the use of vehicles not powered by fossil fuels, which are believed to be the main cause of global warming.

Assembly time is at 6 a.m. near the National Statistics Office (NSO) and Hobbies of Asia, Diosdado Macapagal Avenue, Parañaque City.

Joining the motorcade are four electric bicycles, a dozen electric scooters, an electric car, three electric tricycles, and eight electric jeepneys from Makati.

The 22-kilometer route, estimated to be covered within two and a half hours, will cover Parañaque as its starting point, and pass through Pasay, Makati, Mandaluyong and small portions of Quezon City and Pasig.

The motorcade route will start at Roxas Boulevard and Redemptorist Road, then travel northward along Roxas Blvd., turn right on EDSA, go straight to SM Megamall (using ground level service road instead of flyover/underpass), turn right on Ortigas, turn right on ADB/San Miguel Avenue, turn right on Shaw Boulevard and cross EDSA, turn left to 9 de Pebrero through Martinez/Maysilo/San Francisco, turn left on Coronado and cross the Makati-Mandaluyong Bridge through Makati Avenue, then turn right on Pasay Road, right on Paseo de Roxas, left on Gamboa, turn right on Rada, and end at the Legaspi Mini Park in Legaspi Village.

Makati will also hold a demonstration run today of its electric aerocab – dubbed as the future of Makati tricycles – or the Personal Rapid Transit (PRT).

In addition, Makati will also showcase an electric car developed by Motolite, and the city’s six new electric jeepneys.

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