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PLN to allocate some Rp 6b for electric vehicle charging stations

  • Norman Harsono
    Norman Harsono

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 14, 2019   /   12:57 pm
PLN to allocate some Rp 6b for electric vehicle charging stations A general-purpose electric charging station (SPLU) at the Teluk Palu beach in Central Sulawesi is shown in this file photo. Such stations are commonly used to power push carts and market stalls instead of to charge electric cars. (Antara/Mohamad Hamzah)

State-owned utility company PLN is set to invest around Rp 6 billion (US$424,000) in installing 22 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in major cities across Indonesia this year.

PLN's Greater Jakarta distribution general manager Ikshan Asaad told reporters in Jakarta on Wednesday that the 22 stations comprised 18 regular stations, three fast-charging stations and one ultra-fast charging station.

Fast-charging stations, which costs Rp 800 million each, can charge an electric car in under 30 minutes, while an ultra-fast charging station, which costs Rp 1.5 billion each, can do it in 10 minutes, Ikshan said

“I think, for now, we are still pushing the usage of charging stations as none of our partners want to build one themselves. Maybe they need an incentive from the government.”

He added that PLN aimed to install 160 charging stations nationwide next year by working with state-owned energy company Pertamina and state-owned toll operator Jasa Marga, which would respectively install them at fueling stations and rest areas.

Electric charging stations are a crucial element in spurring the adoption of electric vehicles, which is a program the government has been pursuing over the past two years in an effort to slash oil imports and carbon emissions.

Indonesia aims to have 2.1 million electric motorcycles and 2,200 hybrid or electric cars on its roads by 2025 as mandated in Presidential Regulation No. 22/2017 on the national public energy plan.