JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesia’ state-owned, PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) and two digital player Grab and GoJek, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to build a network of charging stations for electric vehicles in the country. The MoUs have been signed yesterday said the official.
Beside with the two companies, the MoU also involves taxi operator, PT Blue Bird Indonesia Tbk (IDX: BIRD), Chinese automaker BYD Auto, regional public bus operator PT Transjakarta, and automaker PT Mobil Anak Bangsa.
“PLN has been assigned by the government in the framework of providing electricity-charging infrastructure for battery-based storage systems,” said Sripeni Inten Cahyani, acting CEO of PLN after the signing ceremony in Jakarta.
Grab Indonesia’ president Ridzki Kramadibrata adds, the partnership was part of a plan to develop the country’ electric vehicle ecosystem. As known Japan’ Softbank Group has delivered their commitment to support the electric vehicle ecosystem in Indonesia through an investment of US$2 billion.
“We believe, electric vehicles can be an option for driver partners and a long-term solution for Indonesia,” he said after the signing ceremony in Jakarta, on Monday (10/21).
According to Grab’ official release, the company will conduct another pilot project to gauge the feasibility of the collaboration, and has already held trials for two-wheel and four-wheel electric that are compatible with PLN charging stations. Beside, the company also offers a GrabWheels, an electric e-scooter rental service around the PLN office area for users who want to travel short distances.
While, since last June, GoJek and conglomeration company, PT Astra International Tbk (IDX: ASII) have been testing electric motorcycles through their second wheel service. And according to GoJek’ spokeswoman, Nila Marita said, both parties are exploring trials for the next stage.
Previously, former coordinating minister for maritime affairs Luhut Binsar Panjaitan said, that added, that president invited Softbank to invest more in small company and other infrastructure projects in Indonesia, especially in electric car, lithium battery and some other platform in infrastructure of electric vehicles.
“One ecosystem will be built. Starting from the construction of the lithium battery, motorcycle, bus to the charging station. A pilot project in Jakarta. We are targeting in three years that it must be completed,” said the minister.
In Feb. 20, Panjaitan stated, South Korea’ Hyundai Motor Corp., and Grab looking a business partnership for the projects in the field of electric cars. Hyundai want to immediately invest in Indonesia with a value around $269 million.
Its estimated, with this investment, Hyundai will build an assembly plant with a production capacity of 250,000 units per year, including for electric vehicles. Hyundai has been active 15 years in Indonesia through PT Hyundai Mobil Indonesia Motor since 1995.
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