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Strategy to promote electric vehicles in Indonesia: Start with commercial transport

  • Faela Sufa Arifin

    Jakarta

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Jakarta   /   Wed, February 24 2021   /  01:00 am
Electric vehicle, electric car(Shutterstock/buffaloboy)

I recently saw a large advertisement for an electric passenger car (EPC) on a Jakarta thoroughfare and I thought, it’s finally here. I am a big supporter of electric vehicles (EVs). Some might still ask hesitantly, will using EVs instead of fossil fuel vehicles (FFV) really be environmentally friendly for Indonesia? The answer is, “Yes.” We have a grid carbon factor of around 0.80 kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions per kilowatt-hour (kWh) because of our reliance on coal. Even with this relatively high carbon grid factor, EVs are still more environmentally friendly than FFVs. EVs can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from 20 percent to 35 percent compared to FFVs and could significantly help improve Jakarta’s air quality. As we move toward the goal of decarbonizing our energy sector, switching to EVs will help Indonesia meet our Paris Agreement targets...