Showing posts from March, 2015

Growth of the electric vehicle industry

In 2007, an upstart automotive company blazed a new trail. It took the path less travelled, it cast its lot in the non-existent electric vehicle industry. The core group of this new company was composed of old hands in the auto parts manufacturing industry who wanted to make a truly local Filipino vehicle, hence the name Philippine Utility Vehicle, Inc. (PhUV Inc.).

The seven original incorporators who joined forces to form the consortium were people behind Yazaki-Torres, VSO, Glasteck, Nito Seiki, Autofir, MD Juan Enterprises and Manly Plastics. PhUV president Ferdinand Raquelsantos said that they commissioned a study that revealed that for a truly Pinoy vehicle, Filipinos opted for a utility vehicle that they can use as a business workhorse on weekdays and a family ride on weekends. The answer was the AUV.

“The group started on a design that called for as many value-added local parts as possible. We assembled the AUV body but we hit a major snag – we could not find an appropriate engi…

App enables farmers to sell products online

People today can order almost anything online: food, clothes, shoes, bags, books, music, movies, and other novelty items.  
Soon, people from anywhere in the Philippines or abroad can order via the Internet sacks of rice or fresh vegetables from farmers in Nueva Ecija.  This will be made possible through a mobile application developed by a group of Electronics and Communications Engineering (ECE) students of Wesleyan University in Cabanatuan City awarded top honors in the 11th SWEEP Innovation and Excellence Awards of Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart).
S-MART, short for Smart Market Assistance and Product Trading, is a mobile app that allows farmers to sell their agricultural products online.  Buyers can also compare prices from the sellers and calculate fuel costs based on the location of the supplier.
As the 2015 SWEEP grand champion, Team S-MART received a trophy and P500,000 in cash. An equivalent amount in grant was also given to Wesleyan University.
Ramon Isberto, head of Public A…