The Indonesian Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP) is reportedly granting Rp 20 billion (US$1.51 million) annually to campuses that are involved in electric car research and development.
The decision to focus on angkot was made based on strategic thinking for a future smart city public transportation system. “So there'll be mutual integration between angkot as feeders for electric buses, Light Rail Transit [LRT] and high-speed trains,” said the head of ITB's electric vehicle design team, Yannes Martinus Pasaribu.
The electric angkot is currently still at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6 stage, which means it needs two more steps before it would be ready to be optimally mass-produced. "The battery has been prepared for one return trip of about 80 kilometers," said Martinus, adding that the battery needed between 30 minutes and four hours of charge time. (kha/kes)