JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Singapore Power will involve in developing of the infrastructure of electric vehicle (EV) in Indonesia, said coordinating minister for economic affairs, Airlangga Hartarto, on Tuesday (10/29). The government-owned electricity and gas distribution company will build around 500 charging stations during 2020.
Singapore Power will partnering with local power producer, PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN), said the minister. According to acting CEO of PLN, Sripeni Inten Cahyani, the charging stations are develop to meet the needs of ride-hailing provider Grab, who will start the pilot project. Later, PLN will provide electricity for the charging station.
She asserted, in accelerating the development of electric vehicles, PLN will colaborating with 20 companies. The partners are from public transportation providers, state-owned and private companies also electric car manufacturers.
“This collaboration is the first step to creating an ecosystem of battery-based electric motor vehicles in Indonesia,” said the acting CEO.
Furthermore, coordinating minister for maritime and investment affairs, Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, added that PLN should focus on preparing EV charging stations next year. After the filling station has been prepared, he hope that Indonesia can operate the EV operations starting 2021.
Earlier, PLN and two digital player Grab and GoJek signed a memorandum of understanding to build a network of charging stations for the electric car in the country. Beside with the two companies, the deal 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.
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.
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.
In addition, since last June, other digital company, GoJek, and conglomeration company, PT Astra International Tbk (IDX: ASII) have been testing electric motorcycles through their second wheel service. And according to the spokeswoman, Nila Marita said, both parties are exploring trials for the next stage.
Panjaitan has said, 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.
In Feb. 20, he adds, 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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