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Monday, December 2, 2013

The next Indonesian Electric Sports car

Maybe some of us still remember Tucuxi, the Indonesian electric cars. In January 2013 the car had an accident when crossing the eastern slope of Mount Lawu, Magetan, East Java (jump to related article).

Now Indonesia launched a new electric sports car, with carries the name "Selo" (Javanese, means stone), this car Manufacturing process is somewhat special, because this car is made from scratch, not a modified version of an existing car. The total cost spent around Rp. 1.5 billion.
The Indonesia Electric Sportscar, Selo. (Picture from: http://catatandahlanis-redi.blogspot.com/)
When a national electric car trial in Bandung City Hall, on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 ago, Selo became the center of attention. Imagine, the electric sports car of 'Kupu-Kupu Malam,' a Yogyakarta modification workshop has a bright yellow body. Not to mention the visual appeal of the other, as both doors are designed with scissors style like a sports car in general.

According to Yoga Tatar Nugroho, a Supervising Technician at the Kupu-Kupu Malam said, that since March, 2013 that the manufacture idea of an electric car was come. When it is, Dahlan Iskan ordered the car, one of which is designed like a sports car. "In general, it follow the standard of manufacture of existing sports car, then maybe someone said that Selo car looks like certain brands," he said.
Front-left side view of Selo Electric Sportscar. (Picture from: http://m.otosia.com/)
At first glance, do not be surprised if someone expected Selo is the Lamborghini. But apparently, there is no part of Lamborghini that is attached to the Selo body. Tatar said, in the early stages where the chassis frame made by hand, not take away from the framework of other existing cars. Then the aerodynamic body was designed and built with a carbon fiber materials.

Electric engine that drives the car is fitted at the rear. This machine is capable of producing power of 130 kW that can drive this car with a power of 150 hp. Power from the engine is channeled to the rear wheels through a four speed automatic transmission system. As the car's mover, power derived from a battery with a total power of 650 volts. "Theres's one battery produces about 3.2 volts. So in one car, there are more than 100 units of the battery, stored in the back and the front," said Tatar. Until now, the car battery can last about 6 hours. Recharging the battery from empty to full, takes about 4 hours.
Rear view of Selo Electric Sportscar. (Picture from: http://www.indopos.co.id/)
For the interior, there are four seats arranged in two rows. As for road safety, there are two airbags, that is on steering wheel and the left dashboard. Seeing the inside of the car, Selo is carrying the Sport Car concept that has standard features such as air conditioning, Sony LCD, PanelView C600 (Allen-Bradley), hazard button, Cruise Control, as well as the turn signal. Form of indicator screen pointer speed, mileage, fuel and so on, using a digital display and window glass and mirrors driven electrically.
To enhance the external appearance of Selo, its two-door designed with scissors style. The door opened towards the top, so it looks like the wings when viewed from the front. Then the side air-scoop made ​​of carbon fiber is also taped to the side to cool the engine and brakes.

"It's not all self-made parts, there's a purchase components, such as brakes or wheel components. From all parts of the car, we made about 70%," says Tatar. Once it is completed made, the car was first tested in Jakarta. Then when the APEC summit in Bali early October 2013, Selo is re-tested with a number of other electric cars. And by the end of this year, Selo will toured to 5 cities in Indonesia together with the other electric cars.

In terms of speed, the rear wheel drive car is believed to be capable of driving above 120 kph. But the test can not be done to get that far. One of the problems encountered is the legality constraints. This car has not had a complete of vehicle administration letters. Thus, it can not be taken arbitrarily speeding down the street.
There is a possibility, the Selo emergence will be responded pessimistic. National car discourse has been repeatedly heralded. But until now, there has been no national production car capable of mass production and decent down to the street. Perhaps the issue is not as simple as one might imagine. But it could not hurt to cultivate hope. Tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, or someday, Indonesian people will be proud of the Indonesian cars. (Here she is Indonesian Hati Nurani). *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | J PAMBUDI | PIKIRAN RAKYAT 29112013]
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