Electric car prototype - Photo by Enegy and Mineral Resources Ministry

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – President Joko Widodo will soon sign a presidential decree that will pave the way for the development of the electric car in the country. Director General for Electricity at the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry Andy N. Sommeng said all related ministries have agreed on the electric car plan.

He said the decree will spell out the roles of related ministries including the energy, industry and trade ministries as well as others over the electric car initiative. The move aims to boost the use of green energy utilization in Indonesia and reduce gas emissions.

Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Ignatius Jonan has stated that it is time for Indonesians to use electric cars as it is more practical and environmentally friendly compared to oil-fueled cars.

Many developed countries are starting to leave the sale of hydrocarbon-fueled cars and switch to electricity. The Government of Britain and France have even made bold steps to prohibit non-electric vehicle sales for highways starting 2040. (*)