Aboitiz, GET to launch e-bus fleet in Cebu

ABOITIZ Group announced it has partnered with GET Philippines Inc. to introduce new routes of GET Cebu’s “Comet” bus fleet, a low-emission, air-conditioned and pollution-free buses developed by electric vehicle manufacturer GET Philippines.

The buses will ply the Cebu North route (SM City Consolacion- Cebu IT Park), Cebu South route (Minglanilla- Cebu IT Park), Cebu Mactan route (Gaisano Grand Mall- Cebu IT Park) and Cebu City Route (Shopwise Mambaling- Cebu- IT Park).

GET Philippines President Freddie R. Tinga said the Comet buses will address the need for safe and sustainable transport with a positive impact to the environment.

“We’re seeing two things that are happening in the world today that could be ideal if we could bring them to the Philippines,” Tinga said. “One is the rise of the electric vehicle to replace internal combustion engines and the other is the app as a transport solution.”

Tinga added: “Here, we felt that here was the opportunity to put those two things together and create a holistic transport solution for developing markets.”

In line with the continuous transformation of the Mactan Economic Zone 2 (MEZ2) Estate, Aboitiz InfraCapital’s (AIC) Economic Estates Head Rafael Fernandez de Mesa said the push for a sustainable and eco-friendly transportation network is key to future-proof the estate and laying the foundation for next-generation smart cities.

“We want to create resilient spaces where we can also ensure the overall health and wellness of our community and the environment. Strategic land use, a good, flexible development plan and a transport network that addresses traffic and congestion with minimal environmental impact essentially prepare us for the future needs of the communities we serve,” de Mesa said.

AIC’s Economic Estates business unit operates and develops industrial estates with complementary commercial, institutional and residential components.

AIC Economic Estates include the 794-hectare LIMA Estate in Lipa-Malvar, Batangas, the 63-hectare Mactan Economic Zone 2 Estate and the 540- hectare West Cebu Estate in Cebu. Spanning over 1,000 hectares in total, these are well-supported by a complete ecosystem of infrastructure facilities and services, run by Aboitiz affiliates including Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Aboitiz Power and Aboitiz Construction.