|Electric Jeepney (Photo from www.ejeepney.org)|
The first jeeps were commissioned by USA and were used as the soldiers’ transportation at the time of war. After World War II, the American soldiers left the jeeps to the Filipinos. Faced with the desire to rebuild the nation and the lack of transportation, the jeepney evolved. More about history of jeeps will be found here.
What we have here now is the second and third generation jeepney. We now have e-jeepney which uses electricity-charged battery plying in Makati City since 2008. We also have eco-jeepney which uses LPG like some of the taxis here in Metro Manila. I shared a link about eco-jeepney a week ago. These may be air-conditioned types and are manufactured in response to a call for cleaner air/reduction of greenhouse effect and noise pollution (most of the diesel-run jeepney are noisy and smoke belchers).