According to a state-owned electricity company, Indonesia will require more than 31,000 new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations by 2030 to meet government targets. According to the station development road map, private and public players will need to invest Rp 54.6 trillion (US$ 3.7 billion) over the next ten years to install 31,000 commercial charging stations in Indonesia.
The Indonesian state-owned oil and natural gas corporation and the Agency for Technology Assessment and Application are working together to build clean energy infrastructure based on electric batteries by constructing a Public Electric Vehicle Charging Station (SPKLU). Two SPKLUs, each located at Jalan Lenteng Agung and MT Haryono Jakarta Petrol Stations, have been operating.
Currently, Indonesia’s oil and gas company has initiated SPKLU Pilots in 6 locations. It includes SPKLU at Fatmawati gas station, South Jakarta, inaugurated on December 10, 2020, SPKLU at Kuningan gas station, and SPKLU at Soekarno Hatta Airport, which is currently under construction. The other three SPKLUs are in synergy with the Agency for Technology Assessment and Application, located at Puspitek BPPT Serpong.
The company plans to convert 250-300 gas stations into green energy stations this year. In contrast, customers who purchase fuel from green energy stations will be rewarded.
According to the Director-General of Electricity, the battery-powered electric vehicle initiative is part of the energy transition and aims to promote cleaner, more efficient energy use while reducing fuel imports.
Meanwhile in Malaysia, Malaysia Automotive Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii) and the Malay Vehicle Importers and Traders Association of Malaysia (PEKEMA) decided to ink a memorandum of agreement (MoA) towards the development of more EV infrastructure in the country.
Both parties aim to collaborate on setting up a network of 1,000 DC rapid charging stations around Malaysia by 2025. They will also co-develop connected aspects such as e-payment, charger locators, battery management systems as well as service center networks for the charging ecosystem.
Along with the EV network, MARii and PEKEMA are also setting up an EV Centre of Excellence (COE). This will be a center that will ensure the integration of the EV network and just coordinate the project as a whole. In a statement, both parties indicated that “the COE will also operate as a focal point for after-sales service support as well as implementing training, repairs, warranties, consultation, communication, marketing and coordination of strategic collaborations in EV-related areas.”
It’s apparent that Malaysia has been falling behind in phasing out petroleum vehicles for greener electric options. One reason points to the nation’s unclear goals for implementation through the National Automotive Policy (NAP) 2020. According to Maybank Investment Bank Research, the country had fallen behind its Southeast Asian peers, despite having initially led the race for green vehicles in the early 2010s.
The plan lacks specifics on incentives for industry players and was bundled with other types of energy-efficient vehicles (EEVs). Previously, there were reports that a refined NAP for the electric vehicle (EV) industry would have been ready in July 2021. It was expected to include initiatives by the government to accelerate the adoption of EVs in Malaysia through financial incentives, tax levies, and more. But that didn’t happen.
On the whole, the ten-year plan included seven roadmaps and blueprints as well as 17 targets to be met. Under the National Electric Mobility Blueprint, Malaysia aspires to have 125,000 EV charging stations by 2030. The report also highlighted that Malaysia still lacks clear milestones for its EV ambitions as compared to its ASEAN neighbors.