Amazing Vehicles proudly made by Pinoys

By Tracy Cabrera

DID you know that yoyos, banana ketchup, Erythromycin, 16-Bit Microchip, and Quick Ink were all invented by Pinoys?

Truth is, we Filipinos are smart and most of us are very creative. But more than that, we show extreme resourcefulness, adaptability, entrepreneurship, and resiliency. 

Filipinos can be placed anywhere in the world and they’ll always find a way to survive—and even thrive—on whatever condition they’re in.

And it’s also these traits that have allowed us to improvise and think of ways to make things from scratch—even better. 

Unknown to some, our inventiveness does not only include small items like the yoyo and banana ketchup. Truth is we did manufacture our own vehicles so we’ve decided to list some of the ingenious car innovations and inventions we can proudly stamp as Filipino-made.


The jeepney

A true testament to Filipino ingenuity. The iconic jeepney is one of those images that the country is identified with.

Jeepneys are actually U.S. military jeeps that were left in the country after the Second World War. When American soldiers started to leave the Philippines after the war, Harry Stonehill was reportedly responsible for getting rid of the surplus by selling it in the black market.  Filipinos then stripped the jeeps depending on the local needs and turned them into makeshift buses.


The E-Jeepney

They are just like standard jeepneys but with the only difference that it runs on electricity instead of diesel fuel. The e-jeepney is the brainchild of Green Renewable Independent Power Producers (GRIPP), and in partnership with Solar Electric Company.

E-jeepneys don’t create noise nor do they emit excessive carbon dioxide. This is the reason why many advocates say it will not only help preserve the environment, but will also lessen our dependence on oil.


A Self-Charging Electric Car

So what’s special about this self-charging car, aside from running electric? What’s mind-boggling is that it only uses a single 12-volt battery. The truth is, it isn’t really running on battery but merely using it to deliver the energy taken from an unseen yet free energy harnessed by its specially-designed integrated circuits.

Filipino inventor Ismael Aviso has been working on his self-charging electric car for more than a decade, and it’s quite promising. He only used a Motolite battery for his prototype, although he’s still in the process of refining his system.


The Bangkarwayan Amphibious Vehicle

Considered as a unique car not only because it runs on electricity, the Bangkarwayan is amazingly made from indigenous materials like bamboo and banig matting. 

This amphibious vehicle was invented by UP Professor Benjamin Mangubat. Its body is made of bamboo, with a retractable roof made of banig. Adding more to its novelty is its hubcaps that are made from bilao basketry.

The car uses solar panels, plus an added windmill to act as back-up energy. Interestingly, Mangubat recruited an unconventional team when he created the car, so instead of hiring engineers, he asked the help of electricians, aircon technicians, and carpenters to build the Bangkarwayan.


The Sinag Solar Powered Car

The word sinag is the Filipino term for ‘sunray’. The car named after it is the work of faculty and students from De La Salle University Manila‘s Mechanical Engineering and Electronics and Communications Engineering Department. Its body is made from carbon fiber and aramid fiber (Nomex), and the solar panels used are made by Sun Power.

This vehicle boasts of using moncoque solar cells, which is considered the most efficient commercial solar cells in the world. It’s made entirely in Laguna.


The ClimaMobility Electric Sedan

Climamobility is the brainchild of Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) Adonis Lagangan, a graduate of Mechanical Engineering at the Mapua Institute of Technology. It has always been Lagangan’s dream to build and design his own electric car. Armed with his experience as a project-based commissioning engineer, he was able to fulfill his wish by creating Genius EV, an electric mini sedan model.


Aurelio Supercar

Europeans are not the only ones who can build supercars? Meet the Factor Aurelio Automobile. This car manufacturer’s name takes after the surnames of its founders: Brendan Aurelio, the car’s architect and builder, together with owner of Pacita Fibertech Kevin Factor, an engineering student at Adamson University. Based in Laguna, they created two of the first Philippine-made supercar prototypes named Aurelio.

Both cars are made from carbon fiber and fiberglass, with VR4 front and rear suspensions and 18-inch Rota wheels. Their yellow supercar prototype is powered by a Honda B16A engine, while the orange one–which is also being looked at for production–has a Mitsubishi 4G63T turbocharged engine.


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