MMDA launches free solar-powered charging station for e-bikes, scooters

TO encourage the use of alternative modes of transportation amid the spikes in gas prices, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Wednesday launched a free solar charging station for electronic bikes and scooters.

MMDA Chairman Romando Artes said the project would help ease the burden of the public with the high cost of petroleum products by providing them free service that they can avail of whenever they need to charge their e-vehicles.

“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 cost,” Artes said.

The solar charging station, located at the new MMDA head office building in Barangay Ugong, Pasig City, will be opened to the public on Monday, June 27, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Three solar panels with built-in inverter will be the main power source of the station with a total of six 220 volts charging outlets. Charging an e-bike will take approximately 6 to 8 hours, depending on the vehicle’s battery.

Those who wish to charge their e-vehicles must bring their own charging cords and cables.

The charging station uses new technology, where in case solar power harvested will be insufficient to power the e-bikes being charged, the station will tap in to the main power grid of the building to compensate for the shortage in power.

Likewise, all excess electricity being harnessed by the solar panels will be distributed back to the building.

Artes also said that he is planning to build similar charging station at the MMDA headquarters in Orense, Makati, to accommodate those who are traversing Edsa.

Meanwhile, Artes appealed to e-bikers and e-scooter drivers to adhere to the Land Transportation Office’s Administrative Order No. 2021-039 or the Consolidated Guidelines in the Classification, Registration, and Operation of All Types of Electric Motor Vehicles for their own safety.