Adonis Lagangan, an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) who works as mechanical engineer, recently made headlines after he built his own electric car.
Lagangan’s Clima Mobility is the latest member of the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP). A graduate of the Mapua Institute of Technology, Lagangan said that his invention is a product of his love for cars and his care for the environment.
In an interview with Manila Times, Lagangan said:
“Right now, we manufacture on a build-to-order basis. We need green financing to help finance our operations and an inventory of electric cars. Thus, we are now in search for grants and funding to build up our plant capacity. We are also open to partnership, whether local or foreign, for funding and technical assistance to improve our product.”
Lagangan’s electric car is not backed or financed by a big company or sponsor.
Instead, he had to work abroad as an engineer for Marubeni Corp’s coal-fired power plant projects so he can personally fund the project and accomplish his goal. Ion between deployments, he also learned forming and 3D CADD designing.
“I then worked to complete the design of the prototype of my dream electric car. I fervently hoped that one day, I will become a full-time EV manufacturer,” said Lagangan.
Lagangan hopes to offer the vehicle to local government units and agencies, or corporate clients, taxi operators, and individuals. He said “It can be used as a small electric taxi for Metro Manila, as a patrol car for the barangays, as a service vehicle for LGUs, government agencies and big companies and as a delivery car for logistics companies with the rear portion modified as an enclosed van. Even individuals who wish to save on fuel and help reduce pollution in the city will find the Genius EV the perfect solution.”