The Jakarta Post
Blue Bird's Tesla Model X 75D A/T for its high-end Silverbird service launched on Monday, April 22, at the Blue Bird head office in South Jakarta. (JP/Seto Wardhana)
Taxi company Blue Bird, in collaboration with state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II, has provided a fleet of electric taxis at the Terminal 3 arrival area of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport as part of an ongoing environmental campaign.
Blue Bird president director Noni Purnomo launched the fleet of E-Bluebirds and E-Silverbirds alongside Angkasa Pura II service and facility director Ituk Herarindi on Wednesday.
Noni said she expected the company’s collaboration with the airport to have a positive impact on the surrounding environment.
“We hope our electric taxi fleet at Soekarno-Hatta’s Terminal 3 will help the airport to achieve the Eco Airport status,” she said in a statement.
Angkasa Pura II president director Muhammad Awaluddin said the Blue Bird e-taxi partnership would bolster the airport’s eco-friendly strategies.
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“The presence of these e-taxis will certainly help paint an eco-friendly image of Terminal 3 and the airport as a whole. We believe the e-taxis will also raise the standard of the public transportation sector,” he said.
Prior to the e-taxi initiative, Terminal 3 had already implemented an Intelligence Building Management System that regulates air circulation and power use in accordance with eco-airport standards.
In addition, Terminal 3 has also implemented a cutting-edge system that converts rainwater into clean water. It is also equipped with a technology that recycles toilet water.
“Our partnership with Blue Bird is expected to trigger a series of eco-friendly overhauls in other aspects of the airport,” Muhammad said.
Blue Bird unveiled its first fleet of E-Bluebirds and E-Silverbirds in April, becoming the first homegrown transportation company to offer electric cars in its range of services.
The taxi company expects to roll out 200 e-taxis by 2020 and reduce over 434,095 kilograms worth of carbon dioxide emissions. (rfa/kes)
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