BAGUIO - Anyone who has been to overpopulated Baguio City recently probably had a sniff of its worsening air pollution.
If it's not arrested soon, Baguio may soon lose its attraction as the country's summer capital.
In this regard, non-government organization Glad to be Green invited an Australian company to demonstrate the use of two solar-powered vehicles that they hope the city will use in the near future, in an effort to mitigate the impact of air pollution.
The Solar Tricycle seats 10 passengers and is driven exactly like a regular tricycle.
The Solar Bus, meanwhile, can accommodate up to 20 passengers.
The solar technology on both vehicles is located on the roof.
The fast-charging vehicles can be fully charged within two hours. Once fully charged, they can be driven to a distance of up to 120-150 kilometers.
“Unlike other solar technology, this does not need to be in direct sunlight; as long as there is light from the sun, it will charge,” said Yacov Maimon, the inventor of the solar vehicles.
The Solar Trike is worth $2,000 and the Solar Bus is priced at $20,000.
Glad To be Green chief Gladys de Vera said Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan gave them a two-month demonstration period for the vehicles.
Meanwhile, the local government of Baguio is also considering the use of solar power to lessen the electricity expenses in the city hall and the heater of the city swimming pool.