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Transjakarta Prepares to Conduct Trial on 10 Electric-Powered Buses

Transjakarta Prepares to Conduct Trial on 10 Electric-Powered Buses (skyscrapercity)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - PT Transportasi Jakarta (Transjakarta) will soon operate an electric bus as its fleet. This year, the company will test the electric bus for up to 10 fleets.

"To prepare the trial, TransJakarta signed an MOU with three companies, namely BYD, MAB and RAC-Danfoss, as well as an educational institution, the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), which will prepare electric buses for testing," said Transjakarta President Director Agung Wicaksono in Jakarta, Thursday (3/21/2019).

According to him, the progress of the mass transportation sector in a number of countries refers to road transportation that is environmentally friendly. This understanding was realized in the presence of electric buses in serving the community. In fact, he said, DKI Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan commissioned Transjakarta to operate an electric bus.

"In accordance with this directive, Transjakarta reviews according to the instructions of the DKI Jakarta Provincial Government to test electric buses through commitments with providers who are willing to be selected as contained in a joint Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)," Agung said.

To support this, he participated in the BusWorld Southeast Asia exhibition at JI Expo Kemayoran, Jakarta. In this exhibition, Transjakarta presents two examples of electric buses.

"The one from BYD, which has been tested in 50 countries and one of them in Shenzhen city which has 100 percent used as many as 16,000 electric buses. Only from MAB, the innovations produced by the nation must continue to be developed and strengthened to build national capacity, "he explained.

Even so, it is still open to electric bus providers whose trials have so far fulfilled the conditions for TransJakarta operational conditions. Cooperate with operators and have readiness partnerships with APM for infrastructure and maintenance preparation.

Agung admitted, his party would operate 10 electric buses during the trial. Agung said he would pay for the operational costs of the electric bus during the trial.

"Currently there are 3 buses that are exhibited. But we hope that during the trial there will be around 10 bus units. Transjakarta will pay operational costs in the trial. So we will calculate the excess shortcomings by using an electric bus," he explained.

In addition, it has also prepared 2 charging stations or the Transjakarta electric bus charging station. Looking ahead, it will build a charging infrastructure or charging station at several points in Jakarta to support the operation of the Transjakarta electric bus.

"So now there are 2 filling infrastructure. But in the future, of course more and more units will be provided. In addition, we prepare operators to maintain, workshops, technicians, and so on, because of that these providers must work together with the operator, also works with other parties who have the ability to take care of electric buses so we can get a comprehensive solution, "he explained.

On this occasion, two electric bus provider companies PT Mobil Anak Bangsa and PT Bakrie & Brothers Tbk (BNBR) will prepare electric buses for Transjakarta. This electric bus will be tested for 6 months in Jakarta.

According to PT Bakrie Autoparts President Director and CEO Dino Ryandi, he followed the applicable process starting from technical verification and others. After a 6-month trial, Transjakarta will evaluate to decide on the option of using an electric bus.

"Completed from this exhibition for a 6-month trial agreement. They saw the results if indeed Transjakarta considered that their new worth would open an order," said Dino.

Meanwhile, in cooperation with Transjakarta for electric buses, Bakrie Otoparts acted as the brand holder for the BYD commercial vehicle, which had previously worked with Pahala Kencana as one of the bus operators for Transjakarta.

Previously, the two buses had conducted trials for approximately a month in Bali at the World Bank Anual Meeting some time ago. During the trial, there were no significant problems such as climate change or anything else