THE Bajaj RE is a low-maintenance vehicle that is conducive for family and personal use, as well as public transport. Because it provides the best mileage and low carbon-dioxide emission, without sacrificing performance, the Bajaj RE has fast become an alternative to the traditional tricycle in many cities and neighborhoods nationwide.
“The Philippines is a very unique market for motorcycles, most especially when it comes to the traditional Philippine tricycle. Bajaj RE is the world’s number one three-wheeler, with a worldwide market share of nearly 80 percent and over five million vehicles already on the road,” Raul Manglapus III, TriMotors Technology Corporation’s vice president & general manager shared.
“Together with our partner Bajaj, we saw the opportunity to offer a better alternative to the traditional Philippine tricycle. So, we decided to test the waters and see if we could convince our traditional users to try a new vehicle. We really asked the question: why should our countrymen and women be traveling in a traditional tricycle that is very uncomfortable, loud, hot, and lacks even the most basic safety features when we have a solution that the rest of the world is already using,” Manglapus III stressed.
“We as Filipinos have for so many years just accepted that this mode of travel is a way of life. We took it as our mission to offer something better, something that was really built to move passengers in safety and comfort,” he added.
After a slow start following its launch in 2015, there are now almost 30,000 Bajaj RE’s across the Philippines.
“The biggest push actually came when the RE started showing up in the TODA lines and terminals, riders themselves started to choose our ride over the traditional ones,” Manglapus adds. “Although the initial investment cost of the unit may be more than a motorcycle with sidecar, we have found that owners end up making more income because they are the ride of choice and can drive longer hours because the unit doesn’t stress their bodies. Coupled with that, since the unit is made for carrying passengers, maintenance costs are minimal, and durability is superior.”