Inside a cramped alleyway in Kota Bambu Selatan, West Jakarta, an electric-charging station stands unnoticed among a row of small houses.
Not many residents of the area know that the nondescript box is a charging station (SPLU) for electric vehicles.
The device is actually better known among street vendors.
“The charging station was meant to be used by sellers from the night market,” Lina, who lives across the charging station, told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.
“It has been broken for a long time. The sellers used to charge their electronic devices there.”
These SPLUs are actually part of state-owned electricity firm PLN’s wider plan to cater to electric vehicles in Greater Jakarta.
However, low-emission cars and scooters have been slow to catch on in the capital, and the stations were turned into a public source of electricity.