Minister for Research, Technology and Higher Education Mohamad Nasir has praised the results from the first part of a study on electrified vehicle which involved academicians from state universities and the automotive industry.

Nasir said the research, technology and higher education ministry had facilitated six state universities – University of Indonesia, Bandung Institute of Technology, Surakarta State University, Gadjah Mada University, Surabaya Institute of Technology and Udayana University – to conduct an independent research on “national electric vehicle”. He expressed hopes that it could attract other universities to contribute in other new research projects.

“I hope this collaboration between the government and universities could be continued in order to create new studies that help Indonesia create excellent goods,” Nasir said in a speech at vehicle study results announcement event held at the Industry Ministry building.

The study revealed that generally the use of electric vehicles, hybrid or plug-in hybrid, is more efficient and less costly in terms of energy consumption than non-electric vehicles with internal combustion engine. A hybrid vehicle can save energy by 50 percent, while the plug in type’s figure is 75 to 80 percent.

Furthermore, Nasir said research projects relating to transportation and renewable new energy had to have clear direction and be continued to production of goods that were able to overcome challenges of the society and meet its needs.

Minister for Industry Airlangga Hartarto said the government was pushing for the use of environment-friendly automotive technology through the Low Carbon Emission Vehicle program. It is part of the government’s commitment to reducing green house gas emissions by 29 percent by 2025 and to ensure energy security, particularly in the land transportation sector.

In addition to the six universities, the industry ministry had also involved Toyota Indonesia to jointly carry out a comprehensive study on electrified vehicle technology in Indonesia. Airlangga said he hoped that the national automotive industry could produce both vehicles with internal combustion engine and electrified engine to cater to domestic and overseas demand.

“Upcoming results from the study will be the basis the government aims to use in implementing the electric vehicle development policy, which is hoped to help us reach the target of having 20 percent of production in the form of low carbon emission vehicles in 2025,” said Airlangga.

Also present at the event were secretary of research ministry’s directorate general for research and development Prakoso, industry ministry’s director general for metal, machine, transportation and electronics Harjanto, PT Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indonesia president director Warih Andang Tjahjono, PT Toyota-Astra Motor president director Yoshihiro Nakata, rectors and delegates from universities, members of the electrified vehicle research team and other invited guests.