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TransJakarta cooperates with British company to provide electric buses

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President Director of PT Transportasi Jakarta Mochammad Yana Aditya (right) and Chief Planning Officer of Switch Mobility Ltd. Sarwant Singh (left) sign a cooperation Memorandum Of Understanding (MoU) on May 13, 2022. (ANTARA/HO-PT Transjakarta/uyu) - 

Region-owned transportation enterprises (BUMD) PT Transportasi Jakarta (TransJakarta) inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with British electric bus and manufacturer Switch Mobility Ltd. in London on Friday.

"It shows TransJakarta's commitment in providing electric buses as its future fleet," Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan noted in a statement.

Baswedan expects that through the agreement, TransJakarta will have wider access to various electric bus providers, both locally and internationally, especially those from the United Kingdom (UK).

"It considers that the technology, financing, and procurement model innovations in the UK are developing quite rapidly," he stated.

Meanwhile, President Director of TransJakarta Mochammad Yana Aditya expressed belief that the collaboration can support Indonesia to achieve net-zero emissions through the utilization of electric buses as a means of public transportation.

Aditya noted that the two parties were currently still in the exploration stage of the cooperation.

It is planned that the British enterprise will test its buses to run along the TransJakarta route in accordance with the testing and operational aspects of TransJakarta’s applicable Minimum Service Standards (SPM).

"We want to ensure that the customers’ demand for electric bus operations can be fulfilled optimally," the president director stated.

The test is expected to be conducted in the second quarter of 2023. If the trial runs well, then the transportation service will continue to officially operate under the collaboration.

Aditya stated that in accordance with the 2015 Paris Agreement, the government sets Indonesia’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) that targets to reduce carbon emissions by 29 percent through its own efforts and by 41 percent with foreign assistance by 2030f as well as to achieve net-zero emissions by 2060.

“One of the important factors in achieving the target is to decarbonize the transportation sector,” he affirmed.

His side expressed belief that the target can be realized on account of the fact that the entire conventional bus fleet of the company will be replaced by an electric one in 2030//ANT

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