Saving the Earth with electric vehicles

Towards ‘greener’ roads: The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources says greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced greatly by using battery-based electric motorised vehicles. — Bloomberg

THE country’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has committed itself to mass-producing battery-based electric motorised vehicles by 2025 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The programme aims to produce at least 19,000 units of four-wheeled vehicles and 750,000 units of two-wheeled vehicles by 2025.

Based on the latest data, the ministry estimated that if that many electric vehicles were provided in the country by 2025, greenhouse gas emissions could potentially be reduced by 283,000 tonnes of CO2-e (carbon dioxide equivalent).

“We need extraordinary work and good synergy to achieve the target that has been set.

“We hope that we can continue to contribute to this programme with all possible activities, ” Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Arifin Tasrif said at a public launching of the programme on Thursday.

He said the commitment to meeting the target was still tentative as the number may continue to rise due to the enthusiasm of all stakeholders to support the production of eco-friendly electric vehicles.

“This figure shows that the potential to provide and use the electric vehicles is very large, and requires cooperation and active participation from all elements of the pentahelix (the government, people, academicians, business community and mass media) in the electric vehicle ecosystem, ” he added.

Meanwhile, the country plans to build charging stations at 2,400 spots and battery exchange stations at 10,000 spots by 2025, he said.

“The use of electric vehicles is also expected to improve air quality and support the achievement of national greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, ” he said.

Arifin said this was in line with Indonesia’s commitment to the Paris Agreement, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 29% in 2030 and 41% with international assistance.

The Indonesian Engineers Association predicted major changes to the country’s transportation sector.

“In a few decades, Indonesia will be flooded with electric vehicles and electric vehicles without drivers (autonomous), along with the development of technology and innovation, ” association chairman Heru Dewanto said on Thursday.

According to Dewanto, four main features will mark future transportation and mobility trends, namely autonomous, connected, electrified, and shared, not to mention the potential for blockchain technology to complement these features in the near future.

In a webinar entitled “Technology Innovation and Business in Transportation Sector”, he explained that Indonesia is currently in the fourth phase of urban transportation evolution, with ride-hailing platforms (online services) becoming an integral part of everyday life.

Bambang Riyanto, a professor at the Bandung Institute of Technology, said until 2025, there would be at least 10 million autonomous electric vehicles to be used on the roads.

For this reason, a policy and framework were needed so that autonomous vehicles could be operated in the new national capital city (which is expected to be in East Kalimantan province) and major cities, he said. — Xinhua

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