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Electric-powered COMET jeeps launched in Quezon City

The new City Optimized Managed Electric Transport (COMET), an electric jeepney optimized for Metro Manila's streets, was officially launched in Quezon City this Saturday, GMA 7 news program “Balitanghali” reported.

Each of the 20 COMETs can accommodate up to 20 passengers. These e-jeeps will cover the route between SM North EDSA and the LRT Katipunan station from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., though the service will only be fully operational this October.

According to COMET-distributor Global Electric Transportation (GET) Philippines, their electric vehicle is a new generation of jeeps which will become the country's one-stop solution to commuter problems, from expensive fuel prices and rising fares to pollution.

The COMET features a reloadable card payment system called the GET pass which does away with the hassle of having to bring spare change for regular jeepney rides.

All COMET jeepneys also boast CCTV cameras for security. The camera automatically takes a passenger's photo every time someone boards. The photo is then sent to the command center.

The new electronic jeepneys are also equipped with television sets and are WiFi ready.

It takes four hours to charge a Comet jeepney allowing it to stay on the road for up to ten hours. — Andrei Medina/DVM, GMA News