Thursday, 28 May 2020 | 14:02 WIB

Gov‘t Set to Support Usage of Electric Cars for Public Transportation

Indonesia Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut B. Pandjaitan (netralnews)

JAKARTA NETRALNEWS.COM - Indonesia Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut B. Pandjaitan claimed to be proud of the courage of the Indonesian people that have begun using electric-powered cars for public transportation. Coordinating Minister Luhut stressed that the government would support this.

"I am very happy and proud to see this, because this is a work of the nation's children who dare to go forward and get started in the use of electric cars for public transportation. If there are those who dare to take the risk it is great, even more powerful they are also willing to enter the electric car industry, later there will be offers from various countries, then technology transfer, because the lithium battery is already here. So later Indonesia will become a global player. So don't ever hesitate, the government will definitely support it, ”Coordinating Minister Luhut said.

Regarding the draft Presidential Regulation on electric vehicles, according to Coordinating Minister Luhut, it has been submitted to the President to be signed.

"The draft Presidential Regulation has been submitted to the President, I hope this month or at the beginning of next month will be issued," he added.

Indonesia Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi stated the government's commitment to provide all facilities for the smooth operation of electric-powered public transportation, including encouraging corporations to provide charging stations in public facilities. And, regarding the tariffs, Minister Budi also agreed as long as it did not leave the side of comfort and security of passengers.

"I will endorse corporations to provide, such as at airports or other public facilities. For the rates, please count back. In essence, I really appreciate the Bluebird, "he explained.

In addition, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Ignasius Jonan also said that his office would encourage PT PLN to provide a General Electricity Filling Station (SPLU).

"Meanwhile, there are 1600 SPLUs built in Indonesia, and this year there are at least 2000 SPLUs, especially in Jabodetabek," he said.

Bluebird Group plans to operate 200 electric cars by 2020. Bluebird claims it will eliminate 434,095 kg of CO2 emissions or fuel consumption of 1,898,182 liters. And, the addition of 2000 units of electric cars in the period 2020-2025 will eliminate 21,704,760 kg of CO2 emissions, equivalent to fuel consumption of 94,909,091 liters.