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PLN inks deal with carmakers, Grab to back EVs

  • Norman Harsono

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 25 2020   /  01:00 am
Electrified: Motorists recharge their motorbike batteries at a station in Jakarta’s Kota Tua. State-owned utility company PLN has set up nearly 2,000 charging points throughout Jakarta. (Antara/Hafidz Mubarak A)

PLN has inked a cooperation agreement with auto brands Gesits, Hyundai and Wuling, as well as ride-hailing company Grab, in a push for the increased development of Indonesia’s electric vehicle (EVs) market. PLN president director Zulkifli Zaini on Nov. 18 signed the state-owned electricity company’s agreement with the four companies to look at ways of ensuring easy electricity access for EV owners and operators. The deal includes coming up with special electricity rates for nighttime EV charging at home and improving Charge.IN, the electricity company’s app that tracks public EV charging stations. “In this case, we are talking about improving the ecosystem for EVs,” Zulkifli said during the virtual signing ceremony. President director Ridzki Kramadibrata of PT Grab Teknologi Indonesia concurred: “The ecosystem, this is very important,&rdquo...