First Philippine EV Is A Sporty Number

The GT111 electric vehicle (EV) was begun as a “halo project,” a splashy concept designed to create awareness and attract investor attention for Filipino automaker Gitano and Michael Motorsports. Things didn’t really end up the way they were planned, however. They ended up much, much better.

The GT111 recently made the trip to Las Vegas for the Special Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show. The prestigious trade show features more than 1,500 customized and accessorized four-wheel and two-wheel vehicles from all over the world – including the GT111, which is now intended for mass production with plans to market it in Europe. What’s more, Gitano now has the support of the Philippines Department of Energy.


image via Michael Motorsport

In a letter addressed to Gitano designer and prototyper Michel Motorsport’s president Jan Kierulf, Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras noted that the e-sports car would bring pride to the Philippines and put it on the global map of e-vehicle development. “It is a source of pride that our country is helping to lead the electric vehicle movement. As we informed you during our meetings, it is part of the department’s policy to support the development of the local electric vehicle manufacturing industry. As such, we fully support your plan to cause the manufacture of high quality electric vehicles,” Almendras said in a statement.

The GT111 is a joint effort among companies from different countries: the Filipino firm Michel Motorsport for the concept, design, pre-engineering activities and business planning; a British company for the chassis, suspension and vehicle standards; and an American firm, EV Drive Oregon, for the electric power train development.

Steve Duda lives in West Seattle, WA with three dogs and a lot of outdoor gear. A part-time fly fishing fishing guide and full-time writer, Steve’s work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Seattle Weekly, American Angler, Fly Fish Journal, The Drake, Democracy Now! and many others.


  • Reply November 15, 2011

    Bobby deOcampo

    I didn’t even know Pinoys made cars … EV even. I’m impressed )

    • Reply September 15, 2013

      Rachel Romulo Martin

      oh really, now i tell u, lastime pinoy also did using water to run but the government did not support it, so now it’s all gone….

  • Reply July 27, 2012


    great job ! know the world needs these cars . know make a 4 door pickup truck thats as stunning as the GT111

  • Reply March 2, 2013

    Matthew Edmunds

    Where can I buy one and how much does in retail here in Manila?

  • Reply September 15, 2013

    Rachel Romulo Martin

    i like it much, how much po…sana nmn sinasabi ung price para alam nmn namin lahat…pg bumili aq niyan gusto q kulay red or dark yelow…or nakita niyo ung bagong porche na kulay blue tapos my iba’t ibang design ang ganda kaya nung kulay…love it much..i am proud to be a pilipino….galing talaga ng pinoy…

  • Reply March 15, 2015


    I also have a design for a self running charger but nobody believes me because I don’t have the prototype. Somebody out there who’s interested please email me.

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