June 18, 2020, 04.21 PM

“The car is then powered and controlled by a custom made controller," he added. "Many of the materials are readily available in Purwokerto.”

The batteries need up to six hours to fully charge the AHC 01, which can accommodate two people.

“Right now the car has a top speed of 80 kilometers an hour, and is currently undergoing speed trials of distances up to 70 kilometers,” Johanes said of the 300-kilogram vehicle.

“But it can cover a range of 110 to 120 kilometers at cruising speed.”

Electric car workshop in PurwokertoKOMPAS.COM/FADLAN MUKHTAR ZAIN Electric car workshop in Purwokerto

Learning by doing

Johanes said making the AHC 01 did not come naturally. “My friends and I had to make the car auto-didactically, as none of us have any automotive experience. Much of our experience making the car is based on trial and error.”

“Production costs for the car is approximately Rp. 30 to 40 million [USD 2,132.52 - 2,843.35]. But because of trial and error, it increased to Rp. 100 [USD 7,112.49]."

Defying the odds

Johanes and associates also had to contend with locals shaking their heads in disbelief. “Many jeered and insulted our efforts [to make AHC 01],” said Yanuardi Dwi Saputro. “They said ‘why bother? Nobody is going to buy the car. Stuff like that’.”

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