IMI-Led Partnership Inaugurates New E-Motorcycle Line
Electronics manufacturing provider Integrated Micro-Electronics Inc. (IMI) and Zero Motorcycles inaugurated Wednesday the first high powered e-motorcycle manufacturing assembly line at the Laguna Technopark facility of IMI. IMI is a Filipino electronics manufacturer while Zero Motorcycles is California-based manufacturer of 100 percent electric motorcycles.
Arthur Tan, CEO of IMI and Sam Paschel, CEO of Zero Motorcycles led the historic ribbon-cutting ceremony. Others present include Heather Variava, Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy in the Philippines; and Gov. Marjorie Ramos-Samaniego, Department of Trade & Industry – Board of Investments, Corieh Dichosa, Executive Director of the Philippine Board of Investments. Gen. James Andres Melad (Ret.), Assistant Secretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure of DOTr; and Vivan Santos, Deputy Director General for Operations of PEZA also attended the event.
Propels Philippines’ EV Ecosystem
The strategic manufacturing collaboration between the IMI and Zero Motorcycles will help address the global demand for high-powered motorcycles. Particularly, it will increase access to the world’s full-sized all e-motorcycles. The industry projects the market to yield about 16 thousand bikes per year in 2025.
Furthermore, the showcase of the full electric motorcycle assembly line was the highlight of the inauguration. It also featured the battery assembly set-up (modules and electronics) as well as the first units assembled for the first time in the country.
“The partnership will further strengthen our firm commitment in carrying out the development of EV ecosystem in the Philippines while securing a greener future for the Filipinos,” asserted Tan. In addition, Tan said IMI is in a unique position to have both the competency of electronics manufacturing and e-bike assembly under one roof.
“For us, IMI is a perfect partner to expand our manufacturing in the region, a good place to build a global base,” said Paschel. This complements IMI’s manufacturing and supply of EV chargers currently integrated and installed by Greenstrum in more than 50 sites across the country.
Earlier this year, the two companies signed of the memorandum of agreement in Washington, D.C. The cooperation agreement has a projected amount of USD65 million annually to support the Philippines’ development of its electric vehicle ecosystem.
IMI continues to strengthen its presence in the ecosystem through its partnership with Greenstrum while powering these charging systems and ensuring a sustainable and reliable operations.