Answering the condition of the national automotive industry which is 130 years more dependent on the foreign automotive industry, Universitas Negeri Padang (UNP) will provide research funding for lecturers and students to encourage innovation in the development of national electric cars in 2019.
“UNP will allocate research grants for lecturers and students to support electric vehicles in the upcoming 2019,” The Rector of UNP, Prof. Ganefri said in his speech at the opening of the Job Fair & Scholarship Expo at the Auditorium Building of UNP on Wednesday (December 5).
He said that UNP will be provided support to develop national electricity vehicles, including research for lecturers and students because the Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education (Kemenristekdikti) and the Ministry of Industry of the Republic of Indonesia had prepared regulations for national electric vehicle research.
As we known, based on research in the previous year, electric cars are only capable of low speed but now they are capable on 60 to 80 km per hour. This proves the strength of the innovation of the younger generation in working. The electric cars are the alternative of future transportation.
“The presence of a national electric car at UNP in December will motivate students to get involved in creating electric cars because electric vehicles can be used as alternative vehicles besides fuel cars,” Ganefri said.
Furthermore, in the development of electric cars made by students in other universities, their creation had been able to compete with foreign countries. For this reason, in the coming years, UNP will also have to follow the Indonesian Electric Car Contest (KMLI) which has been held by the Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education.
Ganefri expected that in the 2019 KMLI, UNP can take part in the competition to support the popularization of electric vehicles in Indonesia and to support the environmentally friendly technologies that have been developed in other countries. In addition, the limitations of primary fuels made electric cars to be an alternative to meet the needs of environmentally friendly transportation in the future. (Public Relations of UNP/Translated by: Shilva Lioni)