Electric formula car from ITS Anargya ready to compete in Student Formula Japan

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The leaders of ITS and Anargya Team with the newly-launched electric formula car Anargya EV Mark 1.0. (photo: ITS)

IO, Surabaya – Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (ITS) has once again exhibited their excellence in technological innovation. Now they have built an electric formula car called Anargya EV Mark 1.0 that was officially launched by the Rector of ITS, Prof. Dr. Ir. Mochamad Ashari M.Eng in the Rector’s Building of ITS, Thursday (8/8/2019).

The electric car created by Anargya Team, under the Center of Excellence for Automotive Control (PUI-SKO) of ITS, has been prepared to participate in Student Formula Japan (SFJ) 2019, organized by Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan (JSAE) on August 27 – 31. Anargya is one of the teams in ITS which concentrates on electric formula cars. 

Through his foreword, the Rector, familiarly known as Ashari, explained that Anargya EV MARK 1.0 is the first electric formula car produced by Anargya Team of ITS. The team designed, manufactured, and assembled most of its parts, such as the motor and control system used for the formula car.

Ashari also expressed his appreciation to the students associated with Anargya Team who had spent their energy, time, and mind to build the vehicle. The acknowledgement was also directed towards the supervisors for their guidance during the process. “We all sat down together and prepared to look forward to the proud moments of new achievements for ITS and Indonesia “said the Professor of Electrical Engineering, as revealed in a release sent to the Independent Observer.

At the 2019 SFJ, Anargya Team will represent Indonesia in electric power formula category. The participants who will partake in this competition come from various countries, such as Japan, India, Taiwan, and Thailand. The teams from Indonesia, however, have not received many awards. “Hopefully in this year’s ITS participation, one of them through the Anargya Team, we can give our best by getting the highest podium,” he said optimistically.

Anargya Team Advisor Alief Wikarta ST MSc Eng PhD, explained that the work created was a result of the hard work of ITS students spread out among various departments. This was a form of real contribution from the students to ITS and also Indonesia as well as emphasizing the name of ITS in terms of developing electric vehicles in the national arena. “Thank you to various related parties, especially sponsors who have helped to provide financial assistance,” he added.

This electric formula event is a stepping stone; later, students will have a target to be able to build a vehicle that can run alone or an autonomous vehicle. When they realize that goal, they will be able to participate in a similar competition in Germany. “If this year’s competition goes smoothly, we hope to participate in a similar autonomous vehicle competition in Germany,” he said.

Technically speaking, according to Alief, the Anargya EV Mark 1.0 is special. Its frame and body were assembled using carbon fiber materials. As for the electric motor drive and system control, both products were created by researchers under the PUI-SKO of ITS. “Both the hardware and software are direct results of ITS’ research.”  

In comparison, at the 2018 SFJ event, not only ITS sent a gasoline-fueled formula car called Sapuangin Speed, but they also sent an electric formula car called Carstensz from ITS Formula Electric Team. The difference is, the electric car of Anargya Team relies more on components resulting from own-research.

Anargya EV Mark 1.0 uses a battery with maximum capacity of 304 volts and a 72-Kilowatt electric motor. With this capacity, Anargya EV MARK 1.0 is expected to cover 75 meters distance in only five seconds, with maximum speed of 100km/hour. As for the battery, it uses a Lithium Polymer type which gives high power at start.

“We built this battery with a charge to last for approximately 30 minutes throughout the race,” said Alief.

The team collaborated with an outside party for battery supplies, while ITS focused more on battery management, making sure the battery cells didn’t overlap during the race.  All aspects of the vehicle are adjusted to in line with the technical procedural rules and distance traveled.

According to the Anargya Team Manager, Joel Darren Permana, his teammates did extra work to fulfil their target. Despite the limited time and the independently created devices, they managed to finish the work in one year.

With the invention of this car, ITS hopes to show that their undergraduate students are capable of creating electric cars, and shows that ITS is the leading institute of electric car research. “We hope to give the best results for the alma mater and nation,” he said. (*/est)