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Test Riding Electric Motorbike Gesits, Jokowi: If Already in Production, I Will be the First Buyer

President Joko Widodo discussing preparations of mass production for electric motorbike Gesits

JAKARTA, NNC - President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo received a visit by joint team who prepared for the electric motorcycle Gesits, at Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, Wednesday (11/07/2018).

The joint team are Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education M Nasir, Rector of Institut Teknologi Sepuluh November Joni Hermana, Rector of the Institut Teknologi Bandung Kadarsyah Suryadi, Director of PT. Gesits Technology Indonesia Zaki Nahdi Saleh, and SOE leaders involved in the production of the electric motorbike, namely President Director of PT Wijaya Karya (Persero) Tbk (IDX:WIKA) Tumiyana and President Director of PT LEN Industri (Persero) Zakky Gamal Yasin.

The president, accompanied by Minister of State Secretary Pratikno, discussed the preparation of mass production of Gesits which is an electric motorcycle produced by the nation's children. According to plan the team will be produced as many as 60,000 units in one year or 5,000 units per month depending on market demand.

In a short time, the product will soon enter the production phase and is one of the first Indonesian principals to enter the Indonesian electric motorcycle market.

On that occasion, Jokowi had time to try to ride the electric motorcycle around the courtyard of the Palace by wearing a black helmet and riding a red Gesits.

"I tried there was no muffler. I prefer the one that produces loud roaring noise. There was none, [I was] a bit confused adjusting to it. Very smooth. This is very environmentally friendly," said the President.

Previously, Gesits had also gone through a number of trials and developments since 2015 ago. "This is a 100 percent Indonesian brand and principal for electric motorbikes. It has been tested from Jakarta to Bali, there is no problem," he said.

He continued if this electric motorbike Gesits rolled into the market, consumers would have more choices.

The President believes that if the price offered is competitive and has its own advantages over conventional motorbikes, this electric motorbike will be accepted by the market.

"Indonesian brands and principals can overtake first on the market. This is very good. Earlier I was told the price was competitive," he said.

According to information conveyed to the President, Gesits is powered by lithium ion batteries and can travel a distance of approximately 70 kilometers for one battery charging with a charging time of approximately 3 hours.

For information, the battery is the only component of the motorbike that still has to be imported by Gesits. In the future, these components are also expected to be produced domestically.

"The most crucial thing is the production of lithium batteries. Even though we have raw materials," said the President.

The government itself will continue to encourage the development of domestic automotive products. The government among others will provide assistance for the acceleration of trials, feasibility tests and permits needed.

"This if later already in production I will be the first buyer," he said.