My electric baby bus: An officer prepares an electric bus developed by the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) before its launch at the Assessment and Application of Technology Agency (BPPT) in Jakarta on Tuesday. The electric bus launch is part of the 17th anniversary of the Awakening Day for National Technology. (JP/Jerry Adiguna)
Demonstrating its commitment to the development of green technology,
the Research and Technology Ministry launched an electric bus prototype on
Tuesday, which is claimed to be efficient and environmentally friendly as it
works without using fuel and machine lubricant oil.
Research and Technology Minister Gusti Muhammad Hatta said on Tuesday
that the government was presently promoting the development of electric cars with
well-known benefits including being energy efficient, environmentally friendly,
producers of low emission and having low operational costs.
“Within the research and technology communities, we have continued
to pursue the development of electric cars, although at the first stage, we can
produce a limited number of each design based on order only in particular for
government official vehicles,” he said during the launch of the national
electric bus at the Assessment and Application of Technology Agency (BPPT) office
“I hope this can display support for the number of accomplishments
our scientists and engineers have achieved in developing electric cars since
The launch marked the opening of the 17th National
Technology Awakening Day (Hakteknas) Information
Researchers from the Indonesian
Academy of Sciences’ (LIPI) Mechatronics
and Electric Power Research
Center came out with a
prototype that could carry 17 passengers with a top speed of 100 kilometers per
A fully charged 500-Ampere LifeP04 lithium battery can power the bus
for a distance of some 150 kilometers. Using the battery, researchers claim the
bus will reduce operational costs by some 50 percent and maintenance costs by
some 70 percent.
The fact that the battery is still imported, however, will place a heavier
burden on manufacturing costs once the bus is mass-produced. Each electric bus
costs some Rp 1.2 billion (US$127,200).
“The national electric bus is ready to use on roads but is not yet
ready for wide commercialization as we need more investment for mass production,”
said Abdul Hafid, a transportation researcher with LIPI.
The 17th Hakteknas, themed “Innovation for the Nation’s
Independency”, will take place in Bandung, West Java, on Aug. 8-11. During the celebration, various
events will take place including the 2012 Ritech Expo at Sasana Budaya Ganesha,
the Triple Helix Conference at the Grand Royal Panghegar Hotel, and the research
and technology carnival. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will attend the
official celebration of the 17th Hakteknas held at Merdeka Building.
The Hakteknas falls on Aug. 10 to commemorate the first flight of
the Indonesian made N250 twin turboprop commuter aircraft in Bandung in 1996. (nvn)