Pangea Motors moving to rollout

first_imgLeaders of the largest transportation organization in the Philippines swept into Vancouver on Friday to check the progress of a local company’s efforts to revolutionize urban mass transportation in the island nation.Members of Pasang Masda said they liked what they saw inside Pangea Motors’ 8,000-square-foot design center on Jefferson Street. Pangea, which designs and builds the Comet — a 16-passenger electric van — has an agreement to supply Pasang Masda with 10,000 of the vehicles over three years for use on the congested streets of Manila.Pasang Masda officials said they’ve secured key approvals from government officials in their home country to begin modernizing the transportation group’s fleet of diesel urban transport vehicles, known as jeepneys. The training of drivers to operate the Comet is underway, they said, and they see the zero-emissions vehicle as a partial solution to global warming.“It’s a start,” said Rogel Fernandez, national coordinator for Pasang Masda. He said the tens of thousands of jeepneys in Manila, home to some 14 million people, produce as much as 75 percent of the city’s air pollution.Ken Montler, CEO of GET International, which markets the Comet for Pangea, and Pangea CEO Michael Hippert were on hand Friday to show the group from the Philippines how they’re preparing to roll out the Comet in the first quarter of 2014.last_img

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