'Telolet' hunting has become an obsession for some Indonesians, who go around the country on the hunt for big buses with big air horns, and post their #OmTeloletOm videos on social media. (Photo courtesy of University of Indonesia)

University of Indonesia Designs, Launches Electric Car and Bus

BY :AMAL GANESHA & SARAH YUNIARNI

JULY 19, 2016

Jakarta. The University of Indonesia on Monday (18/07) launched four electric vehicles designed by campus engineers at the university's engineering center in Depok, West Java.

The launch featured a bus and three city cars, with one car named Makara, after the UI logo.

The bus has been tested and will be used on campus, replacing traditional buses, to transport students.

The Molina UI team of engineers have also researched the impact of electric cars on economic, social, cultural and legal aspects within the community. A solar-powered recharge station is also in the development stage to complement the cars.

"Soon, this electric bus will operates transporting students around the campus to support UI green campus vision," UI rector Muhammad Anis said in a statement received by the Jakarta Globe on Tuesday (19/07). "Considering that air pollution is already harming our society, this initiative is expected to push that issue."

"It also encourages students to master technology and not be dependable on the major car industry that has made Indonesia consumers."

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