Electric Cars May Roam Indonesia´s Roads This Year

Sunday, 12 November 2017 , 09:00:00 WIB -

An electric car designed by Institut Teknik Sepuluh November (ITS) students in Surabaya. (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS - President Joko Widodo has given the green light for electric motor vehicles to roam Indonesia’s roads as of late this year. Manufacturers have responded to his confirmation by planning to introduce their electric cars in the country.

"In several cabinet meetings I have said and the President (Joko Widodo) have also said that electric cars may start operating [in the country] this year. We will work so that the policy is carried out this year, but it will likely be next year," said Prasetyo Boeditjahjono, Special Staff on Technology, Environment and Energy, Ministry of Transportation, Jakarta, Sunday (Oct.29).

Prasetyo added that electric cars, motorcycles and busses may also operate soon. According to him, the technology approach cannot be avoided considering the high pollution rate in Jakarta and other major cities in Indonesia.

"Other countries have shown that implementation of electric cars is not easy. The Presidential Regulation on Electric Cars have been completed and we now wait for it to be signed," Prasetyo said.

Director General of Electricity, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Andy Noorsaman Sommeng, said electric cars can refill their battery at Electric Gas Stations (SPLU), where it can already be found at several locations in Jakarta and at a number of PT PLN offices.

"PT PLN has set up its electric gas stations at all its offices," Andy said, Jakarta, Sunday (29/10). (dtc/mag)