TAXIS MADE FROM 90% OF BAMBOO ROLLED OUT IN PHILIPPINES – LOW COST, FUEL EFFICIENT.
Have you seen a taxi made from Bamboo in your life? Never?. Then you go to the Tabontabon, Philippines to see it. There, Bamboo taxis are cheap transportation alternatives for townspeople, who often have the motorcycle as their main mode of transportation.
Bamboo taxi is a new mode of transportation in Tabontabon.It has been commissioned by its mayor, Rustico Balderian in the search for a low-cost, fuel-efficient, safe, and environmentally friendly alternative to motorcycles.It is for sure not safe to be drive on the road but it’s an interesting alternative as a low speed vehicle to be use in rural areas.In the Top Gear maybe they will say that these Taxis are rubbish.But for us, KDI, these are interesting.
The two vehicles are called the Eco 1 and Eco 2. The Eco 1 taxi, covered in woven mat, can carry up to 20 people and can run on one gallon of biodiesel for about 80 hours. Eco 2, which has a sound system, works just as well, but seats around 8. Both vehicles are made by Tabontabon’s out-of-school youth, 90% of each vehicle is made out of bamboo, and they are covered in traditional Filipino woven mats called banig. A third Eco taxi is set to be unveiled soon.
Tabontabon has a population of around 10,000 coming from 1,500 households. Ninety percent of the population depends on rice farming as their main source of income.If you interested to ride on the tranportation that the engines are powered by coconut oil-based biodiesel you are most welcome to come there.In Malaysia, maybe we can did same as them to give some attraction to the tourists.
Eco 2 Taxi with sound system.