The Philippine company ToJo Motors Corp. Expands Electric Vehicle (EV) manufacturing business in Mindanao to meet demand for cleaner, modern vehicles from areas outside of Luzon.
ToJo Motors COO, Patrick Quinay, announced during the virtual conference 9e Philippine Summit on Electric Vehicles “Accelerating the Transition to Electromobility” that they are expanding their e-jeepney manufacturing operation to General Santos City. ToJo’s main factory is located in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
“We are expanding and installing another factory in General Santos City to meet the needs of the Mindanao and Visayan market,” said Patrick.
According to Quinay, they will start with a warehouse for all of his units delivered for the Mindanao region. “We are aiming for an operational start-up by the second quarter of 2022 and we will initially focus on the manufacture of electric jeepneys as part of the public utility vehicle modernization program (PUVMP),” he said. he declares.
The wholly-owned Philippine company also aims to serve at least 1,000 orders for electronic jeeps in different regions of the island. Most of its clients are cooperatives under the government’s PUVMP. ToJo also supplies various local government units for their own public use and private businesses, resorts, schools and shopping malls.
Quinay did not disclose the investments for the two assembly plants, but said they were registered with the Board of Investment as a domestic producer of electric vehicles. The company also intends to produce some parts and components for their e-jeepneys.
In the meantime, major components such as subframe components and lithium batteries are imported from China, Japan and Singapore, but the manufacturing of the body and platform are all made locally.
ToJo was founded in 2013 and started producing e-trikes before moving on to manufacturing 4-wheelers and e-jeepneys. Since its creation, ToJo has already delivered 400 units of pure EV.
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