Ever since Indonesia President Joko Widodo put into the public the country’s timeline regarding transition towards clean energy in 2019, it has been about working towards the goal. After all, it has a target of how many electric vehicles should […]
Ever since Indonesia President Joko Widodo put into the public the country’s timeline regarding transition towards clean energy in 2019, it has been about working towards the goal. After all, it has a target of how many electric vehicles should be in public as well as the private transport sector.
Bali was the first to heed the executive order in the same year by laying down electric bus regulations. Despite being the first provincial government to react, it wasn’t the last. The following year, the Jakarta local government followed suit. As of now, there are electric bus tests in Aceh. After that, the trials will start in Solo and eventually go on in all the areas.
According to a University of Indonesia’s research, people interested in electric vehicles are the majority accounting for a percentage above 70%. As far as electric bus trials are concerned, only Jakarta and another handful of provinces are doing it. Given that Jakarta is among the worst polluted cities globally, its new path could change that for the better.
Some companies are already putting Indonesia a step closer towards its target and timelines, and an excellent is Blue Bird. The private taxi operator’s fleet has additional electric cars from Tesla as we speak. As for the government, its public transport service company by the name TransJakarta also has a plan. With the seven years, it wants its bus fleet only to contain electric vehicles. With the help of government subsidiaries, it is working towards leading in the renewable energy sector.
The likes of Bakrie Autoparts are also acting accordingly. Since its existence in 1975, it has produced cast iron components for automakers, including Isuzu and Mitsubishi. At the moment, its primary customer is TransJakarta, and it is providing it with electric buses. What a better way of penetrating the renewable energy field, given that the transition is inevitable. According to its CEO, Dino Ryandi, the company is not in this for the profit. However, it sees it as an opportunity of entering this upcoming industry.
He noted that China is leading in the electric buses area. It contributes up to 95% of the approximately half a million electric buses globally. That’s probably why it imports battery and chassis from BYD, a Chinese-based company. Nevertheless, it independently develops things such as the electric bus body, seats, the interior and inside equipment. The main reason why Bakrie is venturing into the industry is to boost itself. Half of its business revolves around fossil fuel, and once it becomes a thing of the past, it wants to have an alternative. The renewable energy industry is its replacement.