DOST just inaugurated a 100% locally made train!

hybrid electric train

The country’s first locally-made hybrid electric train will commence commercial operations by May 6 as revealed by the Department of Science and Technology on Wednesday.

An air-conditioned train that runs on technology similar to Toyota Prius hybrid cars, can handle 880 passengers was designed and built by DOST engineers and local fabricators.

Fortunato de la Peña, DOST-Philippines’ Secretary directed the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Philippine National Railways (PNR) Biñan, Laguna station.

de la Peña was joined by Undersecretary for Research and Development Rowena Cristina Guevara, Assistant Secretary for International Cooperation Leah Buendia, PNr Chief Security Officer Ricarte Galope, and Station Operations Area I OIC Francisco Vegas.

“A product of the DOST-MIRDC’s research and development initiatives, the HET technology is a breakthrough in its own right.  This home-grown technology, once given a chance, is going to make the Filipinos’ public transportation challenges a thing of the past,” in a statement.

“The HET aims to raise the efficiency of the PNR’s operations through reduced production and operational costs,” the statement added.

The project started in 2016 and two years later in 2018, it passed the reliability, availability, maintainability and safety testing. For its launch day, the HET will run from the PNR Alabang Station to Biñan Station.

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