Monday, 18 November 2019 | 23:11 WIB

Indonesian Gov‘t Set on Accelerating Domestic Electric Vehicle Industry

Indonesia Minister of Industry Airlangga Hartarto (kemenperin)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesia Ministry of Industry, together with the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), are synergizing for a pilot project called "The Demonstration Project To Increase Energy Efficiency Through Utilization Of Electric Vehicles And Mobile Battery Sharing." This agreement is a strategic step in accelerating the use of electric cars and vehicles in Indonesia.

"In the pilot project, a demonstration and study of electric vehicles will be carried out in Bandung, West Bandung Regency, and the Province of Bali," said Harjanto, Director General of Industry, Metals, Machinery, Transportation and Electronics (ILMATE) at the Ministry of Industry in Jakarta.

Harjanto said the electric vehicle demonstration project will be carried out through a leasing scheme to direct consumers (business to consumer scheme) and by business people (business to business), involving 300 units of electric motorcycles (EV Bikes), 1,000 units of batteries, 40 units of Battery Exchanger Station (BEx Station) and 4 units of electric cars (Micro EV).

This demonstration also involves GOJEK and GRAB, which would represent electric motorbike users. The involvement of GRAB and GOJEK is to accelerate the increase in the use of electric vehicles, as both companies have tens of millions of active users and hundreds of thousands of driver partners.

"The electric vehicle demonstration project is not only aimed at introducing electric vehicles but also to encourage the growth of the market as a base for the development of the domestic electric vehicle industry," he explained.

On the same occasion, Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto emphasized that the Indonesian government continues to accelerate the growth of the domestic electric motorcycle industry. This effort is in line with world trends that continue to move towards the use of energy-efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles.

"The policy of developing environmentally friendly vehicles is inseparable from the commitment of the Indonesian government to reduce CO2 emissions by 29 percent independently and 41% of CO2 emissions with international support in 2030, maintaining energy security, especially in the land transportation sector, creating a healthy environment, and developing added value to the automotive industry, "he explained.