The UI Electric Bus was also exhibited at a special electric vehicle exhibition titled PERIKLINDO Electric Vehicle Show (PEVS) on 22-31 July 2022 at the Jakarta International Expo (JIEXPO), Kemayoran, Central Jakarta. Organized by the Indonesian Electric Vehicle Industry Association (PERIKLINDO), PEVS is an exhibition event that serves as a forum for electric vehicle industry players, supporting industries to MSMEs and creative industries to prepare for the era of electrification. In the exhibition, which was the first to feature electric vehicles, visitors were not only able to enjoy electric cars and motorcycles, but also various categories of electric vehicles and their supporting industries and their derivatives.

The UI electric bus is the result of the design and production of the nation’s children born from the idea of ​​a researcher from the Faculty of Engineering, University of Indonesia (FTUI). In the near future, the UI electric bus will become one of the local electric vehicles operating during the G20 Indonesia Presidency as a form of UI support for Indonesia as the host. The UI electric bus is a collaboration with PT Mobil Anak Bangsa (MAB). Where PT MAB acts as a practitioner of the domestic industry and requires almost three years in the production process.

“UI electric buses have the highest domestic component level (TKDN) for buses in Indonesia for the large bus class. It is estimated that the TKDN of UI electric buses has reached around 55-65%. This TKDN value was achieved to reduce the selling price of UI electric buses to the public, where currently some imported electric bus components are still much cheaper than making them domestically. The size of the UI electric bus is 12 meters long and has a maximum weight of 16 tons. UI will introduce the development of electric bus technology at the peak of the G20 Presidency in Bali,” said UI Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, drg. Nurtami, Ph.D., Sp, OF(K).

Currently, the UI electric bus is still in the refinement stage. The UI electric bus team continues to work on developing technology and making more buses in the future. UI plans to add electric bus units with sizes of 10 meters and 12 meters. The UI electric bus design is made as good as possible, starting from the drive system, braking, to the entire engine inside. The bus can accommodate a passenger weight of 13 tons with a maximum speed of 120 km/hour. However, the bus is not recommended to go at high speed because it can endanger other drivers.

The plan is that after the G20 Presidency, the UI Electric Bus will operate at the UI Depok Campus so that the UI community and local residents can experience the environmentally friendly buses created by the nation’s children. The UI Electric Bus was realized thanks to the Government’s support through the Education Fund Development Institute (LPDP) which invested Rp 12.65 billion for the development of an electric bus platform and Rp 5 billion for the development of a drive system (electric motor) by UI.

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Public Communication Bureau
Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Indonesia

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