The development and manufacture of the nine electric buses will cost around 45 billion rupees.
Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology and public train builder PT Industri Kereta Api Indonesia (INKA) have agreed to collaborate on the construction of nine red electric buses and white papers (BLMP) for the 2022 G20 summit.
“The manufacturing process for the nine buses will also involve a number of universities,” BLMP development acceleration manager Edi Winarno said at the signing of a vehicle development cooperation agreement on Tuesday. electrical.
A number of state universities will be involved in the project – Gadjah Mada University, Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (ITS), Airlangga University and Denpasar Art Institute, he said. he informed.
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Under the collaboration, the universities will produce various parts of the buses, including the intelligent display of the main indicators, the body, the unibody chassis, the electric powertrain and the batteries, he said. In addition, they will build battery charging stations, he added.
Lecturers who have been involved in the vehicle research and development process will be housed under the industry sector lecturer sabbatical program, he said.
In addition, several students will also be involved in the project under the Freedom of Learning in Campus (MBKM) program as certified interns at PT INKA for one semester, he said.
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“The development and manufacture of the nine electric buses will cost around 45 billion rupees. The cost will be borne by PT INKA and the ministry,” Winarno said.
The company will finance the provision of electric bus platforms, engineers and technicians, as well as training of human resources, he said.
PT INKA will also be responsible for the certification of electric buses to be used during the G20 summit as well as investments for the commercial development of vehicles after the G20, he added.
Meanwhile, the ministry will develop key vehicle components, manufacture or procure key components and arrange them, as well as adjust all key components in bus platforms, he said.
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Acting director of research, technology and community services at the ministry, Teuku Faisal Fathani, said higher education institutions can become drivers of sustainable development by nurturing creative and innovative human resources and innovations. .
Indonesia needs electric vehicles as fossil fuel reserves dwindle while air pollution and global warming worsen, he said.
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