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In case you missed it, Philippine National Railways (PNR) announced in January that the first-ever Philippine-made train will start operating this month. Aside from being the first one made in the country, it’s a hybrid electric train (HET), which are made of lithium batteries instead of diesel. If you’re curious about the HET, you can have a chance to try it for free this week!

In an announcement made by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on Facebook, the department said that the public can join the inaugural run on Wednesday, April 24. This will be conducted at the PNR Alabang Station in Muntinlupa, with the HET leaving at exactly 10:10 AM for PNR Biñan Station.

“Join us in yet another groundbreaking voyage as the Department of Science and Technology, through DOST-PCIEERD and DOST-MIRDC, conducts an inaugural run of the country’s first ever Hybrid Electric Train this April 24, FREE for the public to experience,” it wrote.

Take note that limited seats are available, but you can sign up here to confirm your attendance.

Developed by the Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC), the HET is a proudly Filipino-made vehicle, mainly powered by hybrid diesel fuel and electric-powered battery. It is designed to be energy-efficient, which means it doesn’t need electricity and suspended cables to operate. It has a total of 5 coaches that are 12 meters in length and can accommodate 880 passengers with the speed of 50km/h.

Photo from DOST


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