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Consumers’ concerns haunt RI's electric vehicle agenda

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 6 2019   /  01:34 am

The government’s ambitious target in developing the country’s electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing program is facing problems related to demand such as prices, battery charging, maintenance, performance and variety of models.“The problems are making it difficult for the EV industry to grow,” Association of Indonesian Automotive Manufacturers (Gaikindo) secretary-general Kukuh Kumara said during a seminar on the preparations of the Indonesian automotive industry in entering the Industry 4.0 era.He said prices remained a major problem for Indonesian consumers, whose purchasing power was still relatively smaller than those in developed countries. The purchasing capacity of most middle-income Indonesians to buy a car was only about Rp 300 million (US$21,325), far lower than the price of a midsize electric car, which reached about Rp 800 million, he added. Speaking at the same event, D...