The Jakarta Post
State-owned electricity company PLN has guaranteed electricity supply for the operation of 30 electric cars by Blue Bird taxi starting in May.
Blue Bird announced on Monday that it had allocated Rp 40 billion (US$2.84 million) to purchase 30 electric cars and to establish more charging stations.
“Currently, there are 12 charging stations, we will establish two or three more that could also be used by private cars,” said Blue Bird director Adrianto Djokosoetono on Monday as reported by kontan.co.id.
PLN western Java business director Haryanto WS said PLN and Blue Bird had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Oct. 26, 2018 on the electricity supply for charging stations owned by Blue Bird.
Under the agreement, PLN agreed to put aside 41,500 volt ampere (VA) or equal to 40,000 watts to guarantee the smooth electricity supply to the charging stations.
In addition, PLN has also given a 50 percent discount, about Rp 300 million, to Blue Bird for upgrading the power supply to the charging stations.
Adrianto said Blue Bird planned to operate some 2,000 electric cars in 2025. He added that the operation of the30 electric cars in May would serve as a reference for the operation of more electric cars in the future.
“After we confirm it’s feasible, we will know how much money needs to be disbursed,” Adrianto said.
The 30 electric cars consist of 25 BYD e6 A/T from China for Blue Bird taxis and five Tesla Model X 75D A/T from the United Kingdom for Silver Bird taxis. (bbn)