The Jakarta Post
Jakarta is considering to use electric buses as the city moves toward a more environmentally friendly transportation system.
City bus operator Transjakarta president director Agung Wicaksono said the company was set to continue a technical feasibility study on the potential use of electric buses after a meeting with the United Nation Environmental Program on Tuesday in Jakarta.
“Because the world is moving toward electric vehicles, the governor asked to also move in that direction,” he said at City Hall as quoted by kompas.com.
Agung said the study would examine electric vehicle provision and operations. If it showed that electric buses could be used in the city, Transjakarta would conduct a further study on converting buses that run on fossil fuels and gas.
“We have being requested to learn about it, but we have a target that [the study] should be completed this year,” he said.
The discourse on electric buses emerged mid-2018.
In May last year, Transjakarta planned a trial run for between five and 10 electric buses at the Gelora Bung Karno sports complex for the 2018 Asian Games.
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo mentioned during the 42nd Indonesian Petroleum Association Convention and Exhibition in Jakarta on May 2, 2018, that a number of countries were using electric vehicles.
At the time, Jokowi said a city in China had completely electrified its bus system by 2017. The country also converts 100 fossil fuel run buses to electric ones each year.
The President said Jakarta should follow these examples. (sau)