This e-trike is lightweight, allows physical distancing

A research and development (R&D) center designs, develops and manufactures an electric tricycle (e-trike) that focuses on reducing weight through improved shell design and lightweight materials.

On top of that, the e-trike will be responsive to the pandemic situation by ensuring that its design allows for physical distancing and prevents the spread of viral infections.

The project is one of the highlights of the first summit of the region’s niche centers for R&D (Nicer) which was held on Friday by the Science for Change (S4C) program of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), according to a press release. .

The online event titled “Conference on accelerating STI in the country through inclusive R&D at regional level” showcased 37 innovation clusters from the 17 regions of the country.

The e-trike is a project of the Electric Mobility R&D Center led by Cagayan State University and Diliman University of the Philippines.

The Nicer will redesign a lightweight chassis, improve mechanical power transmission systems and determine the optimal electronic / electrical systems for the mechanical design of the tricycle.

After assembly and integration of the different parts to create the e-trike, its performance will be tested in real road conditions.

In addition, the center will design the electrical and electronic components of the electric tricycle. It will also determine whether the conversion of the conventional tricycle to an electric tricycle will be viable.

Scientific Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña said: “Our Nicer Centers are actively addressing the challenge of improving the products, raw materials and expertise of the regions through the development of smart and innovative solutions and strategies.

“Through inclusive innovation where no region will be left behind and a well-supported R&D network, our country will be able to sustain itself and remain resilient, especially in difficult times,” added de la Peña.

For her part, Scientific Under-Secretary for R&D, Dr Rowena Cristina L. Guevara said: and economic development.

Guevara explained that with the creation of the Nicers, Filipino researchers “were able to advance their role from the status quo from peer-centered R&D to society-centered R&D.”

This breakthrough ensures that researchers focus on the socio-economic impact of their research efforts in addition to training young scientists, frequent publications and technological development, she said.

“Through socially focused R&D efforts and inclusive innovation, the sustainable development goals will be achieved,” she added.

The event called on universities and research institutes, working with government agencies and the private sector, to join the aspiration to pursue inclusive innovation. The next call for proposals will take place in March 2022.

With all the actors involved in the establishment of the Niçois, it is obvious that university-industry-government collaboration really works and stimulates regional development.

“We are delighted with the way in which these collaborations and partnerships will develop, continue to expand and ultimately give birth to new national research, development and innovation institutions. We need everyone’s commitment, support and help to get there in the not-so-distant future, ”said Scientific Under-Secretary for Regional Operations Ing. Sancho A. Mabborang.

The House of Representatives approved the Science for Change Program (S4CP) bill during its third and final reading in September. It is hoped that the Senate will soon begin discussing the S4CP bill.

By institutionalizing the S4CP, a massive increase in R&D investment will solve the problems that prevent the Philippines from fully benefiting from science, technology and innovation and achieving the sustainable development goals, according to the press release of the S4C.

Image courtesy of S4CP Photo

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