PURWOKERTO, KOMPAS.com – The dune buggy-like car weaved its way through the main square of Purwokerto, the main town of Central Java’s Banyumas Regency, as its creators took the car for a spin.
The hype surrounding the car dubbed the AHC 01 prototype has drawn none other than Banyumas Regent Achmad Husein, who also got behind the wheel.
Local engineer Johanes developed the AHC 01, with a little help from four youths from Purwokerto's Kober district.
“I was inspired to develop the AHC 01 following President Jokowi’s 2019 order on developing battery-powered electric cars,” said Johanes in an interview at his home and workshop.
“I also wanted to make the car to help local youths be more self-sufficient.”
A simple power plant
Johanes said that he and his associates have been researching and manufacturing the car since August 2019.
“The AHC 01 is powered by six 12-volt dry batteries. The propulsion system is quite simple, as electricity from the batteries powered the car engine.
“The car also has three gears, two forward and one in reverse.