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JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Grab Indonesia and Hyundai Motor Co., launcheh GrabCar Electric in the country to support the government’ initiative to bring two million electric vehicles (EVs) by 2025, said the ride-hailing provider today (01/27). The model that use by both companies are Hyundai IONIQ EV with a capacity of 38 kilowatts battery and can travel 380 kilometers. 

The Southeast Asia’ ride-hailing giant Grab and South Korea’ top automaker targeted 500 units of EV)scan pave in Indonesia throughout 2020. The Hyundai IONIQ EV is ready to operate as an Electric GrabCar with a starting point at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.

“With the presence of Electric GrabCar today, we are one step further to jointly achieve the target of presenting 2 million EV units in Indonesia,” said transportation minister, Budi Karya Sumadi today at Soekarno – Hatta Airport in Tangerang, Banten.

While, president of Grab Indonesia, Ridzki Kramadibrata, commented, “GrabCar Electric is a tangible form of our commitment to support the EV ecosystem in Indonesia which we have conveyed when we obtained an investment of US$2 billion from SoftBank last year.”

Last year, Hyundai has signed an agreement with the government to invest $1.55 billion to build a car production base with an annual capacity of up to 250,000 units and a sales network in Indonesia in hopes of grooming the world’s fourth-most populous country as a gateway to the broader Southeast Asian market.

Besides electric cars, Grab will also try out as many as 20 units of electric motorcycles, in cooperation with Astra Honda Motor (AHM) and Gesits, Kramadibrata adds.

“There are 20 units of electric motorcycles we prepared for next year (2020). We are walking the pilot, we develop it while seeing how savings, how much is obtained, by charging electricity for this motorbike,” he said.

Kramadibrata revealed Grab had signed a cooperation agreement with the state electricity company PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara to jointly build a network of electric vehicle charging stations.

The effort could also be realized after the inclusion of capital injection from Softbank Corp., a Japanese finance company led by conglomerate Masayoshi Son. The funds were used to build an ecosystem-based on electric vehicles.

Kramadibrata said Grab is looking into several types of EV that will be used for Indonesia’s market, following Indonesia’s presidential decree to support the EV industry and turning the country into an EV hub for Asia and beyond.

The government measures are directed at stimulating the adoption of battery-powered cars in the country, as well as incentivizing the production and export of EVs. Benefits such as lower taxes for manufacturers and buyers of EV and advantages such as special parking areas are part of the new policy, according to Pandjaitan.

As stated in Presidential Regulation Number 55 of 2019, concerning the Acceleration of the Battery-Based Electric Vehicle Program for Road Transportation, to realize clean energy, clean air quality and environmentally friendly, and Indonesia’ commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 29 percent by 2030. Electric vehicles are expected to be a supportive solution the initiative.

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