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Indonesia to Import 400,000 Electric Cars by 2025

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Industry Ministry expects 25 percent or 400,000 low carbon emission vehicles (LCEV) to enter Indonesia by 2025. To achieve the target, Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto explained that he is pushing automakers to start producing electric cars, such as PT Nissan Motor Indonesia, that is currently developing an electric car called Nissan Note e-Power.

Hybrid electric cars are expected to reduce greenhouse emission and fuel imports, Airlangga said.

Moreover, he explained that fuel diversification to natural gas, biofuel, and electricity is an answer to energy needs in the transportation sector. The production and use of alternative fuel directly lead to inclusive activities and economic advantages, particularly in regions rich in the natural resources.

Read: Indonesia Should Study Electric Cars says Jokowi


However, Airlangga said that electric vehicles charging stations are not available yet. Therefore, hybrid technology serves as a solution.

Hybrid technology allows vehicles to use two energy sources, fuel and electricity. Indonesian carmakers are now being introduced to the technology.

Meanwhile, Director General of Metal, Machinery, Means of Transport and Electronics I Gusti Putu Suryawirawan said that Indonesia is Southeast Asia’s largest car market. In 2016, the country’s auto industry produced 1.1 cars.

Putu said that with a capacity of 2.2 million cars per year, the auto industry in Indonesia needs to maximize its potential to enhance competitiveness. The potential can be improved by developing LCEV cars and use platforms that meet domestic need and export demand from across the globe.



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