Electric vehicles to gain traction in Indonesia

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Electric vehicles to gain traction in Indonesia

Head of the Agency for Technology Assessment and Application (BPPT) Hammam Riza opened the Indonesia Electric Motor Show 2019 in Jakarta on Wednesday (Sept 4, 2019). (ANTARA/M Razi Rahman/sh)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Agency for Technology Assessment and Application (BPPT) affirmed that electric vehicles will pick up steam in Indonesia, with more charging stations being set up nationwide.

The agency has organized the Indonesia Electric Motor Show (IEMS) 2019 on Sept 4-7 in Jakarta to promote the use of electric vehicles in the country.

"The IEMS 2019 is initiated by BPPT to offer a broader understanding to the public in Indonesia on electric vehicles as a new form of disruptive technology," BPPT Head Hammam Riza remarked at the opening of the exhibition here on Wednesday.

The BPPT is ready to foray into the era of electric-based vehicles in Indonesia, particularly in the face of the deteriorating air quality owing to pollution.

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Riza stated that the exhibition is projected to sway people into using environment-friendly electric vehicles.

The closing of the exhibition will be marked with a convoy of electric vehicles starting from the BPPT's head office on Thamrin Street, Central Jakarta, to the Center of Research, Science and Technology in Serpong, South Tangerang.

State-owned electricity company PT PLN had earlier affirmed its support to the development of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (SPKLU) following the issuance of Presidential Decree No. 5 of 2019 on electric vehicles.

"We will facilitate all parties keen on developing electric vehicles," PLN Acting President Director Sripeni Inten Cahyani stated, adding that the company will offer two business schemes: Company Owned Company Operated or COCO and Partner Owned Partner Operated or POPO.

Furthermore, PT PLN will offer a 75 percent discount for electric motorcycle owners and free charge for electric car users to augment power capacity, so they will have sufficient electricity to charge their vehicles at home.

On a separate occasion, Energy and Mineral Resource Minister Ignasius Jonan had appealed to the local government to facilitate the development of SPKLU in their respective regions.

 

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