The first group of 22 Jakarta residents received technical training from the Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Ministry on converting traditional motorcycles to electric motorcycles.
“The use of private vehicles is one of the contributors to the (high) consumption of fossil fuels, which increases emissions and has a negative impact on health and the environment,” The director of the ministry’s Center for Human Resources Development (PPSDM) for Electricity, New Renewable Energy, and Energy Conservation (KEBTKE), Susetyo Edi Prabowo, said.
According to a press release we received from the ESDM Ministry on Saturday, he said that as he was inaugurating the training.
According to Prabowo, an energy transition policy has been released to gradually replace fossil fuels with new and renewable energy (EBT), with the goal of pushing up EBT use to 23 percent by 2025.
In collaboration with the Center for Survey and Testing (BBSP) for KEBTKE, the training is being held at the PPSDM for KEBTKE campus from January 24 through January 31, 2023.
Since it is anticipated to support the energy transition effort by increasing the number of electric vehicles (EVs), the implementation of the motorbike conversion training is also intended to realize Indonesia’s commitment to cutting carbon emissions by 29 percent by 2030.
“Motorcycles are one of the targets of the electric vehicle conversion program, considering that motorbikes are the mainstay of mobility for the Indonesian people because of their accessibility and affordability,” Prabowo stated.
He emphasized that the performance and quality of the vehicles will be taken into consideration during the implementation of the conversion program to ensure that they remain suitable for daily use.
Therefore, the ESDM Ministry is conducting the training to ensure the success of the electric motorcycle conversion program, he added.
“It is expected that this series of (training) activities can generate reliable human resources in carrying out fuel-based motorbikes into electric motorbikes conversion,” he said.
A policy regarding an incentive mechanism for people who buy EVs is currently being developed by the government, with a total incentive value of Rp5 trillion.
Four incentive programs will be offered to the public by the Industry Ministry: Rp80 million for electric car buyers, Rp40 million for buyers of hybrid electric vehicles, Rp8 million for two-wheeled vehicles, and Rp5 million for motorbikes that are converted to electric motorbikes.