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Indonesia needs 31,000 charging stations to reach electric vehicle goals

  • Norman Harsono

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, September 4, 2020   /  03:10 pm
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A Blue Bird driver operates the BYD electric car charger during the unveiling of the first electric taxi in Indonesia in Jakarta. Blue Bird Holding Group officially operates 25 BYD electric cars for Blue Bird and four Tesla Model X vehicles used by Silver Bird.(The Jakarta Post/Seto Wardhana)

State-owned electricity giant PLN estimates that Indonesia needs more than 31,000 new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations by 2030 to reach government goals. Private and public players need to invest Rp 54.6 trillion (US$3.7 billion) to install 31,000 commercial charging stations over the course of 10 years, according to PLN's station development road map. Over a third of the stations will be in Jakarta, while the rest in cities as far east as Makassar, South Sulawesi. Apart from at gas stations, such charging stations will be built at shopping malls, markets and apartment complexes, among other sites with sizable parking lots. PLN technology vice president Zainal Arifin said on Tuesday, Sept. 1, that such stations mainly catered to commercial always-on-the-go vehicles such as taxis, buses and online motorcycle taxis. Personal vehicles could charge when parked at home. ...