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The Big Picture: The Philippine government's big EV initiative


Manny Tangco (far right) owns Manila's Malabon Zoo. Above he poses with "Pacquiao" the orangutan, an albino python and former beauty queen Gionna Cabrera in a PR stunt last weekend promoting e-trikes in The Philippines. The country's government is funding an initiative to encourage adoption of electric tricycles over the (estimated 3.5 million) conventional petrol ones. The target is to replace 100,000 combustion engines with e-trikes by 2016. In a statement, Tangco believes many animals are dying because of polluted environment -- and one way to prevent this is for a cleaner vehicles such as EVs.

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