Department of Energy Holds Test Drive for B40-Powered Diesel Vehicles

TEMPO.CO, JakartaThe Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) on Wednesday conducted a test drive of diesel-powered vehicles running on Biodiesel 40 (B40), which contains 40% biofuel based on palm oil and 60% diesel.

“The road test is the latest series of a number of tests conducted to assess the use of the B40 and ensure that it will be able to perform well,” remarked the Minister of ESDM. , Arifin Tasrif, during the launch of the test drive.

The implementation of the test was in line with President Joko Widodo’s (Jokowi) directive to continue to expand the use of 100% biodiesel, or commonly referred to as B100, he added.

Indonesia is among the pioneer countries in terms of optimizing the use of biodiesel, so the government is striving to improve the biodiesel product, he said.

He said he expects the development and use of B40 will help reduce Indonesia’s balance sheet deficit, as the use of biofuels will reduce the consumption of fossil energy products, which are usually imported. by Indonesia.

The ministry aims to complete the road test by the end of 2022 and provide technical recommendations for B40 implementation policies.

Meanwhile, the Director General of New, Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation (EBTKE) at the ministry, Dadan Kusdiana, informed that 12 vehicles will carry out the test drive.

They consist of six vehicles weighing less than 3.5 tons each, with a daily distance target of 560 kilometers (km) and a total range of 50,000 km, and six other vehicles each weighing more than 3.5 tons, with a daily range target of 400 km and a total distance traveled of 40,000 km.

Kusdiana said the B40 The road test will also include fuel consumption handling and analysis, fuel and lubricant quality test, performance test using chassis dynamometer, vehicle component rating test , as well as a vehicle stability test.


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