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ASEAN Summit delegates, state guests use electric vehicles

Several electric vehicles used by delegates to the 42nd ASEAN Summit and the security guard team (Maria Cicilia Galuh/ANTARA) 

LABUAN BAJO, E Nusa Tenggara – Delegates and state guests of the 42nd ASEAN Summit on May 9-11, 2023, in Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara, used electric vehicles, Assistant Logistics for the Presidential Guard (Paspampres) Lieutenant Colonel Infantry, Fanny Pantouw stated.

The state heads attending will also use electric vehicles during the conference which will be attended by 10 ASEAN countries.

“This vehicle is for use by state guests, including with security and escort at the front and rear,” Pantouw noted in a conversation with ANTARA here on Wednesday.

He remarked that there were a total of 395 electric cars and 90 electric motorbikes. These vehicles comprise BMW iX, Toyota bZ4X, and Hyundai IONIQ 5. US-made Zero electric motorcycles are also part of the fleet.

In conducting VVIP security operations, the convoy comprised a front guard team, a rear guard team, and a security team. This range includes delegate and protocol cars, Pantouw stated.

“In one series, it also includes delegation and protocol vehicles. This will be maneuvered in Labuan Bajo in order to support the holding of the ASEAN Summit,” he remarked.

Particularly at the ASEAN Summit, electric vehicles used by the delegates were slightly upgraded on the interior and exterior to increase security.

The upgrade is in accordance with military standards for the protection of heads of state and state guests at the level of state heads and government heads.

“There is a slight upgrade for security needs. We slightly upgraded the interior and exterior to military specs to improve security and operational tactics in the field,” he remarked.

To anticipate damage to the delegation’s operational vehicles during the event, the Presidential Guard Equipment Detachment has made various preparations.

Soldiers are trained to handle any unforeseen conditions in the field along with the vehicle manufacturer’s technicians.

“We are ready, including the features in it. We have trained our soldiers, who are involved in security,” he remarked.

“The Equipment Detachment is also ready to carry out maintenance if damage occurs,” Pantouw remarked. (Antara) 


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