Transjakarta to Launch Electric Bus Trial Run

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  • Electric-powered Transjakarta bus exhibited in the 8th Busworld South East Asia Exhibition at JIExpo, Kemayoran, Wednesday, March 20. TEMPO/Tony Hartawan

    Electric-powered Transjakarta bus exhibited in the 8th Busworld South East Asia Exhibition at JIExpo, Kemayoran, Wednesday, March 20. TEMPO/Tony Hartawan

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - City-owned bus operator PT Transportasi Jakarta (Transjakarta) mulled over the use of the electric bus as its fleet and planned to launch the trial run for six months.

    The corporate has today inked an agreement concerning the trial run of 3 units of electric buses produced by PT Mobil Anak Bangsa (MAB) and PT Bakrie Otoparts.

    “We don’t purchase the bus, and operators will run the fleet. Transjakarta will pay for the operational cost per kilometer,” said PT Transjakarta president director Agung Wicaksono at JIExpo Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, Thursday, March 21.

    Agung said that his side was still scheduling the trial run, pending on the operator readiness. Besides, he had yet set which bus corridor would be used as the trial location. “However, the trial run will last for six months,” he added.

    Two out of the three electric buses, type of C6 and K9, produced by PT Bakrie Otopart, while the other one is PT MAB’s MD12E type. The capacity of each bus varies.

    Read: Transjakarta Targets 231 Million Passengers in 2019

    The C6 electric bus has a capacity of 33 passengers with 18 seats. Within four-hour charging, it can only travel up to 300 kilometers.

    Meanwhile, the K9 and MD12E have similar specification. Each electric bus is able to board 60 people with 39 passenger seats and can travel 250 kilometers after fully charged for 4 hours.

    M JULNIS FIRMANSYAH