Faculty of Engineering Universitas Gadjah Mada has been developing technology and research on electric cars. As an effort to introduce various research and technologies of the existing electric car, UGM held an electric car exhibition at Faculty of Engineering UGM. In addition, on Sunday (18/2) UGMheld an electric car parade in Yogyakarta through places, including Tugu Yogyakarta and Malioboro.
The electric car parade was officially dispatched by UGM Rector, Prof. Panut Mulyono, M.Eng., D.Eng. There were several electric cars from UGM which joined this parade, including Moligama (Gadjah Mada Electric Car – ICA) and two golf cars (Semar version 1 and Semar version 2). Moreover, there was also Arjuna, formula electric car which won a competition in Shizuoka, Japan, last year.
“Those cars are created by lecturers and students from Faculty of Engineering UGM,” said UGM Rector.
Aside from the electric car, the parade and exhibition also presented three electric rickshaws that can give convenience to the driver, save energy, and be environmentally friendly. Faculty of Engineering UGM also develops an electric tricycle and coffee electric rickshaw created by its alumni, Ir. Tri Harjun Ismadji. The two rickshaws also joined the parade.
The electric car parade was part of series of events to celebrate the 72nd Engineering Higher Education Day as well as the anniversary of Faculty of Engineering UGM which was established on February 17, 1946. Prof Panut gave high appreciation and emphasized the importance of self-sufficiency in technology sector through innovation. Panut said currently, most of the fossil fuel utilization is consumed by the transportation sector. According to Panut, electric car technology can become a solution to reduce the use of fossil fuel.
“Aside from reducing the utilization of fossil fuel, the electric car also reduces pollution because it is environmentally friendly and does not produce emissions,” he added.