Cebu Pacific transitions to electric vehicles for employee shuttle

Aviation Updates Philippines – Low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific Air is transitioning its Juander Shuttle service to 100 percent electric, zero-emission minibuses for the commuting needs of its employees.

Cebu Pacific Chief Human Resources Officer Felix Dan Lopez and GET Philippines Inc. COO Frankie Endriga lead the contract signing for the electric powered minibuses, called the Community Optimized Managed Electric Transport that will be used to transport CEB employees. Photo from Cebu Pacific Air.

The Juander Shuttle service is provided free of charge to Cebu Pacific employees to transport them to and from the airline's main office in Pasay City to various pick-up and drop-off points along selected routes within Greater Metro Manila.

The new electric minibuses, called the Community Optimized Managed Electric Transport (COMET), are provided by GET Philippines, Inc. COMET vehicles are fully air-conditioned and equipped with retractable ramps for persons with disabilities. They are installed with a media system, display monitors, and internet connection for the use of the passengers.

Photo from Cebu Pacific Air

"CEB is excited to roll out a more sustainable commuting service for our employees with the 100% electric COMET vehicles," said Felix Dan Lopez, CEB's Chief Human Resources Officer. "This program is part of the Company's efforts to decarbonize our operations, which in this case is the shift from the use of diesel-powered vehicles to a more sustainable electric alternative."

"At the same time, the bigger COMET will accommodate more riders due to its larger seating capacity. It also offers safety and connectivity features that will serve our commuting employees better," he added.

Cebu Pacific has stated its commitment to reducing the environmental impact of its operations, which involves minimizing its flight emissions through its aircraft modernization program, as well as addressing emissions from its ground operations.

"CEB recognizes the need to mitigate the emissions from our ground operations, in addition to the decarbonization efforts for our aircraft fleet. We have initiated a multi-year program to transform our ground transportation network to electric, zero-emission alternatives. This also supports the government's thrust to promote electric vehicles in the country's transportation sector," said Alex Reyes, Chief Strategy Officer, who also leads sustainability in CEB.

The transition to electric vehicles for the Juander Shuttle service is one of the many initiatives that Cebu Pacific is undertaking to reduce its environmental impact. The airline is also working to improve its fuel efficiency, reduce waste, and support the development of renewable energy sources.