Thousands of Charging Stations Needed for EV Ecosystem

Presidential Special Staff, Diaz Faisal Malik Hendropriyono has said as many as 20,000 charging stations are needed to achieve the national target of 400,000 electric vehicles (EVs), report Antara News.

“In order to achieve the target to create a suitable ecosystem for EVs, the government strives to continue the work on infrastructure required to facilitate EVs’ owners,” Hendropriyono noted at the Cilandak Townsquare, Jakarta, Friday.

He expressed optimism that the government and other parties would jointly work on the development of EV infrastructure. Companies are expected to participate in the process of constructing the facilities, he affirmed.

“It would be better if business actors can partake in the government’s efforts to build the EVs’ infrastructure. This, in turn, will help achieve the government’s target,” he stated.

Earlier, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources had announced the national target to acquire 400,000 EVs by 2025. For two-wheeled EVs, the government has stipulated an even higher target of 1.7-million units of EVs, report Antara News.

Furthermore, the government has provided assistance, in the form of subsidies, to attract the public to opt for EVs as their vehicles of choice.

Antara News report that Hendropriyono believes that the subsidy will help create the ecosystem required for EVs in Indonesia. However, the government is still facing several challenges, including the prices that are still stuck at a high level, he pointed out.

“This matter is reasonable in nature. I am convinced that the prices will be more affordable once the EVs are mass-produced,” he noted.

The government’s resolve to divert the trend from conventional vehicles to EVs reflects its commitment to preventing the nation from being dependent on fossil-based fuel, say Antara News.

The efforts align with Presidential Regulation No. 55 of 2019 concerning the acceleration of battery-based EVs program that outlines the government’s determination to increase energy efficiency and resilience as well as energy conservation in the transportation sector.

Source: Antara News

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