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Formula E to electrify Jakarta’s streets in 2020

  • Primastuti Handayani and Ramadani Saputra

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sat, September 21, 2019   /  08:08 am
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Formula E warm-up: The Lowo Ireng (Black Bat), an electric car developed by the 10 November Institute of Technology (ITS) in Surabaya, East Java, takes part in a convoy in the Gelora Bung Karno sports complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta to welcome the selection of Jakarta to host the Formula E electric car race in 2020.(JP/Narabeto Korohama)

Arriving at the National Monument (Monas) inside a luxurious electric car on a scorching Friday afternoon, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan announced the city’s participation in the 2019/2020 season of the Formula E electric race car championship, adding that the city would host the event for five seasons. Accompanied by national racer Sean Gelael at the steering wheel, the governor rode in a BMW i8 electric car, followed by Formula E chief championship officer Alberto Longo, also in an i8, with former national top racer Ananda Mikola. “Alhamdulillah [praise the Lord], the negotiation process was finished in August, so today, together with Alberto, I announce that [one round of] the sixth season of Formula E will be held in Jakarta,” he said. “With our participation in Formula E, we want to say that the future of transportation is free from emissions....