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Saturday, January 28, 2012

DOE launches nat’l e-trike AutoCAD design contest

Rey Anthony H. Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, January 27 (PIA) – Here is something for Boholano CAD graphic designers. 

If you or your friends are 18 years old or over, residents of the Philippines and familiar with computer based Computer Aided Design (CAD) drawing, then designing the new generation electric tricycles (e-trikes) could be a starting challenge. 

This as the Department of Energy (DOE) launches the Nationwide e-trikes Design Contest through two-dimensional (2D) or three dimension (3D) CAD design for the best aesthetic and functional design of the three-wheeled electric vehicle which sits a maximum of six passengers excluding the driver. 

The catch however is that you will have to compete and assert your creativity by clawing to the top, where three designs are assured of a cool P200 thousand to pocket. 

Top 3 design winners automatically become DOE’s property and may be used, copied, reproduced and printed by DOE in any size or medium for exhibition, advertising and promotions or similar purposes. 

The next top seven post is also tempting as placers can still be recompensed P50K each, upon which the short-listed design could be adopted in the implementation of the country’s e-trike project, according to the contest rules. 

Contest criteria includes aesthetics and creativity (50%), originality and innovation (20%), Safety and Functionality according to Land Transportation Office standards (20%) and ergonomics which include ease of accessibility, space requirements and total passenger comfort (10%). 

Contest rules, which can be accessed by opening the DOE portal through, said one only needs to produce a 2D or 3D etrike design using AutoCAD software, with its corresponding design descriptions and specifications. 

That is, after completely filling up the Official Registration Forms downloadable at the DOE portal or at

The design has to be new, original and has never been used for commercial or demonstration purposes, all designs not bearing any logo or similar markings that can be identified with any participating individual, school or establishment. 

Entries must be submitted in CD and A3 hardcopy, sealed in an envelop with the contest Official Registration Form, a notarized Oath of Ownership of the submitted design and sent by courier not later than 4PM February 17 to National e-trike Design Contest, c/o Energy Utilization Management Bureau, Department of Energt, Merritt Road, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, 1631. 

For more information, contact PIA Bohol at 412-2292 or 501 8554. (30)

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