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Can electric vehicles reduce greenhouse gas emissions?

  • Alloysius Joko Purwanto

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Jakarta   /   Thu, August 8, 2019   /  01:36 pm
Can electric vehicles reduce greenhouse gas emissions? An electric bus produced for Transjakarta is displayed during the 8th Busworld South East Asia Exhibition Bus in the Jakarta International Expo in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, in March. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

People living in the urban areas of Indonesia may soon see plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) running on their streets now that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is expected to roll out regulations to accelerate the market penetration of battery operated vehicles. Improved urban air quality is one of the frequent arguments evoked in favor of PEV adoption in Indonesia. Electric vehicles emit very low levels of air pollutants that are harmful to human health such as nitrogen oxide, sulfur oxide and particulate matters. However, there remains at least one important question that is rarely discussed, namely: How clean is the electrical power used to meet the additional demand from PEVs? In other words, would the adoption of PEVs actually contribute to a reduction of Indonesia’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions? Industry Minister Airlangga Hartanto has explained that the gove...

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