Marking National Awakening Day on Monday, the Research and Technology Ministry and the Yogyakarta city administration launched an electric minibus made by the Indonesian Institute of Sciences ( LIPI ) at the city's Taman Pintar [Pintar Park].
The 12-seated electric minibus will be used to transport visitors free of charge to Taman Pintar and its surrounding areas, including Malioboro, Alun-Alun Utara and Jl. Ibu Ruswo.
"The electric bus will become a part of Taman Pintar in the context of research and assessment. Visitors can also use it to go to various spots within the park and Malioboro," Yogyakarta Mayor Haryadi Suyuti said at the launch ceremony on Monday as quoted by Antara news agency.
Yogyakarta Governor Hamengkubuwono X said that the launch of the electric minibus on National Awakening Day could be momentum for a revival of Indonesia's technology prowess.
Abdul Hapid, a mechatronic researcher at LIPI, said research for the electric minibus cost Rp 1.8 billion ( US$184.505 ). The minibus can reach a speed of 100 kilometers per hour and cover a distance of 150 kilometers.
'To cover 85 kilometers, the electric minibus needs Rp 44,880, while on gasoline it would need Rp 95,625,' he added. ( asw )