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Grab Indonesia to bring electric vehicles to Greater Jakarta in January

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Jakarta   /   Thu, December 19, 2019   /  02:01 pm
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The chairman of the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology, Hammam Riza (left), Research and Technology Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro (second left), Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan (second right) and Grab Indonesia president director Ridzki Kramadibrata take a look at a Hyundai Ioniq electric car that will be used for Grab Car Electric on Dec. 13.(The Jakarta Post/Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman)

Ride-hailing company Grab Indonesia will introduce electric vehicles (EVs) to Greater Jakarta in January next year as part of a trial service in partnership with local and foreign vehicle manufacturers. Grab Indonesia president director Ridzki Kramadibrata said at the launch of the firm’s EV Ecosystem Road Map event on Dec. 13 that the trial would be run in line with Presidential Regulation No. 55/2019, which was issued to speed up the development of the nation’s EV industry. The government set a target for the industry to start producing EVs by 2021 or 2022, with output targets of 400,000 electric cars and 200,000 electric motorbikes by 2025. Grab Indonesia's EV trial program will be financed with an investment worth Rp 27 trillion (US$2 billion) placed by Softbank, a Japanese conglomerate. Softbank chief executive officer Masayoshi Son expressed interes...