By Claire-Ann M. C. Feliciano, Senior Reporter

Only one bidder hurdles e-trike technical screening

Posted on August 07, 2015

THE CONSORTIUM of Japan’s Uzushio Electric Co. Ltd. and BEMAC Electric Transportation Philippines, Inc. is poised to bag the contract to supply the government’s first order of 3,000 electric tricycles.

A BEMAC e-tricycle --
The Japanese-Filipino group was the lone bidder that passed the technical evaluation following the submission of offers in May, according to Energy Undersecretary Donato D. Marcos.

The other companies that submitted bids but did not qualify were China’s Mulan Electric Vehicle Co. Ltd.; Taiwan’s TECO Electric & Machinery Co. Ltd.; local firm CAMEC JCB Corp.; and the joint venture of Invenic, Inc. and China’s Jiang Siu Hansen Motor Co. Ltd.

Yesterday, the Energy department opened the financial proposal of the lone qualified bidder.

Uzushio and BEMAC submitted a $34.608-million offer for the supply and delivery of the e-trike units; and P364.172 million for other related services that will be performed in the Philippines.

“The winning bidder should also ensure the maintenance of the e-trike units,” Mr. Marcos said.

“So after-sales was a component of the financial proposal. It covers maintenance for five years, warranty for body and battery and insurance, among other things,” explained Mr. Marcos.

The official added, however, that the offer will remain subject to negotiation.

“We will negotiate after the post-evaluation so there may be some adjustments to the offer,” Mr. Marcos said.

After the negotiations, the financial proposal of the bidder will be subject to further evaluations by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

“Upon issuance of the no objection letter from the ADB, we will proceed with the issuance of the notice of award, which we target to do within the year,” said Mr. Marcos.

The first batch of e-trikes will be initially deployed to the National Capital Region and Region IV.

Bidders will be evaluated based on financial capability, experience and capacity to supply the units.

The winning bidder for this round will be given three months to deliver the first 1,200 e-trikes and the remaining 1,800 within six months.

While wrapping up the procurement for the first batch of e-trikes, the Energy department will also start another round of bidding for the second batch.

“This will be parallel to the next round or the catch-up phase for the next batch of e-trikes,” Mr. Marcos said.

He noted that the number of units to be auctioned off has yet to be finalized but it will definitely be more than 3,000 e-trikes.

“We are preparing for the next round. By the middle or end of August, we hope to publish another invitation to bid,” the undersecretary said.

The same official expressed confidence that more bidders will participate in the succeeding auction for the e-trike project.

“There are still a lot of people who are interested in the project,” Mr. Marcos said.

In particular, bidders that failed to hurdle the technical stage “are still interested to participate in the next round,” Mr. Marcos said, adding that the Energy department hopes to attract more firms to join this project.

The e-trike project -- a joint undertaking between the Energy department and the ADB -- aims to replace some 100,000 gasoline-powered tricycles by 2017.

The ADB allotted a $300 million worth of funding for the $504-million project. The government will provide the remaining $99 million, and the Clean Technology Fund, $105 million.