The Jakarta Post
An Indonesian-made electric bike, Garansindo Electric Scooter ITS (Gesits) will start limited production in April.
The November 10 Institute of Technology’s (ITS) workshop in the East Java capital of Surabaya will produce 300 vehicles: 100 of the standard edition and another 200 of the special edition ordered by the Bali administration, the Technology Research and Higher Education minister Muhammad Nasir has said.
The limited production is to fulfill the requirement to get homologation from the Transportation Ministry, he added.
"The Transportation Ministry is waiting for them because this is an electric machine. The tax will be measured by the size of battery and electric output instead of engine capacity," Nasir said during WOW Brand Festive Day 2017 in Jakarta on Thursday.
Previously, the scooter completed a 1,000-km trial run from Jakarta to Bali on Nov. 7-13, last year. It can reach a maximum speed of 120 km per hour with ease.
"For charging station, we already working with state-owned company Pertamina and Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) to provide charging stations at Pertamina fuel stations," Nasir said.
Moreover, he added, if customers want faster charging, they can exchange their scooter’s battery at the charging station.
Gesits is a collaboration between private automotive dealer Garansindo and ITS. Some institutions have already pre-ordered it, such as PT Telkom, which has asked for 5,000 units and the Bali administration, which has ordered 22,000 units. (bbn)