Over 2,000 electric motorbike conversion programme participants backed off

Jakarta – Although the government offers incentives for people who want to convert conventional or fuel oil (BBM) motorbikes to electric motorbikes, the programme is still lacking enthusiasts. Data from the IT Platform for Electric Motorbike Conversion from the Directorate of Energy Conservation, Directorate General of EBTKE, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources states that 5,628 participants registered to convert electric motorbikes, and approximately 2,069 participants have withdrawn for various reasons.

Director General of New Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation (EBTKE), Yudo Dwinanda, admitted that the target of electric motorbike conversion will be difficult to achieve. The withdrawal of participants and also the low public interest in the conversion of electric motorbikes is due to the costs incurred after receiving government assistance which is still relatively high at IDR 8 million / unit.

“We are trying to socialise it in two months, because (the demand) is still low,” said Dwinanda in an official statement.

According to him, the government targets 50,000 motorbike units to be converted by December 2023. He continued that a battery swap system will be implemented to achieve this target. With this system, people do not need to buy batteries at high prices. People who want to charge their exhausted electric motorbike batteries can exchange them for full batteries that are available at the Public Electric Vehicle Battery Exchange Station (SPBKLU).

The Centre for Electricity Survey and Testing, New, Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation (BBSP KEBTKE) under the Directorate General of New, Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation (Ditjen EBTKE), Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, has collaborated with PT PLN (Persero) Electricity Maintenance Centre (Pusharlis) to build SPBKLU at various points.

BBSP KEBTKE has also collaborated with True Digital Leader Global (TDL Global). Until now, 20,000 battery units have been supplied in 2023 from the Technology With Spirit (TWS) factory in China and production will be relocated from China to Indonesia to supply 100,000 units in 2024. (Hartatik)

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