Charging Infrastructure Could Affect Buyer Interest in EVs: Observer

JAKARTA (ANTARA) – The availability of charging infrastructure or charging stations can affect consumer interest in purchasing electric vehicles (EVs), said an economic and energy observer at University of Gadjah Mada (UGM). One Fahmy Radhi said:

“Consumers will not want to buy an electric vehicle if the availability of charging stations is limited, as it will make it difficult for electric vehicle owners,” he said in a statement received here on Tuesday. explained.

Charging infrastructure is the main key to increasing the number of electric vehicle users, as the source of energy for electric vehicles is electricity supplied via charging stations.

As of May 2022, the number of public electric vehicle charging stations, locally known as SPKLU, has reached 332 units and the number of public electric vehicle battery swap stations (SPBKLU) has reached 369 units across Indonesia. said the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources. .

The government said the provision of charging stations is part of efforts to reduce dependence on imported fuel oil and promote energy self-sufficiency in the country.

According to Radhi, charging stations are not yet ready as they are still few in number and have limited coverage.

He opined that the right step to facilitate an increase in the number of EV charging infrastructure is to provide convenience and incentives to investors to encourage them to invest in charging station construction projects in Indonesia. said.

Several electric vehicle manufacturers now offer a home charging package with each electric vehicle purchase. He thought it was a good initiative as the business strategy could accelerate the construction of an electric vehicle ecosystem in Indonesia.

The Indonesian government has emphasized its readiness to enter the era of electric vehicles through Presidential Regulation No. 55 of 2019, regarding the use of battery-based electric vehicles for road transport.

Under the electric vehicle roadmap, the government aims to have 2 million electric vehicles on the country’s roads by 2025.

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