- DOST launched a new hybrid train that operates on both diesel and electric power
- The project is proudly made by a 100% Filipino team
- The hybrid train will be tested on the tracks of the Philippine National Railways
The Department of Science and technology (DOST) has launched a hybrid train that is proudly developed by Filipino scientists.
The Electric Hybrid Train (EHT) will be tested on the tracks of the Philippine National Railways, which currently operates with a set of rusty old trains. The hybrid technology allows the prototype to run on both diesel and electric power.
Aside from being energy efficient, the new and air-conditioned train can also serve up to 220 passengers.
Developed 100% by Filipino engineers and technicians, the P120-million project was done under the department’s Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC).
“This proves yet again that our engineers are very capable to develop high-tech systems if only they are empowered to pursue such R&D (research & development) activities,” Montejo was quoted in a PhilStar story.
He also said: “Most important is that this is local. There was a lot of value adding done by our engineers to come up with this electric hybrid train.”
MIDRC Executive Director Robert Dizon said in an Inquirer story that their development has yet to undergo testing before it could hit the tracks.
Currently the PNR only has seven operating trains, which hampers its service.
“Right now, our headway is 30 minutes. We can improve that if we can add more trains to maybe 20 minutes,” PNR General Manager Joseph Allan Dilay said.
But Dilay hopes this project would effectively contribute to a better transportation system, which is a primary problem in Metro Manila.
“We now have a better chance to do what we want for our fellow Filipinos, which is to make their commuting experience safer, more comfortable and more bearable,” he reportedly said.