The Jakarta Post
State-owned utility company PLN has signed memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with 20 companies to push electric vehicle (EV) adoption in Indonesia.
PLN’s partners comprise three groups of companies: 13 companies set to support the utility company in installing electric charging stations, six companies to help build electric vehicles and one company to develop a homegrown charging station.
“As we already know, PLN has been assigned by the government to provide the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles,” said PLN acting president director Sripeni Inten Cahyani in a statement issued on Wednesday.
The first group of partners includes ride-hailing rivals Go-Jek and Grab, toll road operator Jasa Marga, energy company Pertamina, bus operator Transjakarta and Indonesia’s largest private lender, BCA.
“Grab is committed to developing Indonesia’s electric vehicle ecosystem as part of its US$2 billion investment for Indonesia,” said Grab Indonesia president Ridzki Kramadibrata in a separate statement.
The second group are all automakers, including Japan’s Mitsubishi, China’s DFSK, Germany’s BMW and Indonesia’s Gesits.
The third group is state-owned electronics manufacturer LEN, which will be backed by the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT).
Experts have said that addressing the lack of electric charging stations in Indonesia is critical in promoting electric vehicle adoption, a goal the government has set its sights on with Presidential Regulation No. 55/2019 on battery-powered vehicles.