Thursday, 19 September 2019 | 11:35 WIB

Indonesian Government Pushes for More Affordable Electrc Car Prices

Indonesia Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Ignasius Jonan (special)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM -- The availability of electric cars in Indonesia is believed to be driving the diversification of energy for vehicles from fuel oils to electricity, which has a significant impact on air quality. Not only that, the presence of electric cars will also reduce the volume of fuel oil imports.

"Because of this strategic value, the Government continues to encourage the use of electric cars that have low emissions to be able to compete with conventional cars," said Indonesia Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Ignasius Jonan.

On the occasion Jonan had the opportunity to test a crossover electric car called EVHERO and the V8 VADI Sportcar made by the Bandung Institute of Technology (Itenas).

Jonan admitted, the biggest challenge for electric cars is the price. "If the price of an electric car is IDR 1.5 billion or IDR 750 million, who would want to buy it? It's twice the price of Kijang [conventional passenger car]," he said.

However, electric cars are very necessary because fuel consumption continues to increase along with the growth in the number of motorized vehicles as well as the strengthening of highway infrastructure. According to Jonan, in the future it is difficult to balance the increase in demand or fuel consumption. One way to reduce fuel imports or import crude oil is by using electric cars.

Electric cars are believed by Jonan to be able to reduce pollution and import of fuel significantly if the use is already massive because the fuel is electricity, all components for the supply of electricity are available domestically.

"All primary energy sources for electricity generation are all in the country such as coal, sun, natural gas, geothermal, wind and water. Everything is there and is owned by Indonesia, so that the import of fuel keeps getting higher every day. Our job is to control the import of fuel oils in a measurable capacity, because if not, the longer it gets higher, "explained Jonan.

Regarding the availability of the Public Electric Charging Stations (SPLU) for charging electric cars, Minister Jonan ensured that it would be fulfilled because according to Jonan, currently installed electricity reserves were more than 30% and providing SPLU for PLN as well as selling ordinary electricity.

"Currently installed electricity reserves have reached more than 30%, so if asked whether the electricity is available to build SPLU facilitation, I answer enough because the electricity is the same," explained Jonan.

He said, building a charging facility is easy, if you want the PLN to be able to build more than now which has reached 1,600 SPLU in Greater Jakarta and big cities. "Including building SPLU outside Java, if there is demand, our electric vehicles are ready," concluded Jonan.