Indonesia JV reaches milestone of first 4 million km zero-emission motorcycle trips


A recently formed Indonesian joint venture (JV) has logged its first four-million-kilometer zero-emission road trips after deploying, in a pilot project, more than 200 e-motorcycles to carry passengers and deliver food in Jakarta from February through October.

The endeavor comes as Southeast Asia’s largest economy is opening doors to drive electric vehicle (EV) adoption, with the government introducing regulations and the private sector rolling out initiatives to make breakthrough investments.

Public transport would make a strong launching pad for the massive use of EVs, Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said during a recent event in Bali.

The use of EVs is a “main priority of the government in the energy transition to achieve a net-zero emission”, he added.

Jakarta-based Electrum, a joint venture between ride-hailing operator Gojek and energy firm TBS Energy Utama, is studying what specifications of e-motorcycles best cope with the road conditions and driving styles of Indonesians. Data and insights were collected from the eight-month pilot where each driver logged between 100km and 120km a day, said the JV’s managing director Patrick Adhiatmadja.

“Net emission for every million kilometers would have been about 85 tonnes, hence we have avoided 340 million tonnes of CO2 emissions,” he added during a recent event in Bali, where the company is allocating 50 e-motorcycles to serve G-20 summit delegates.

Indonesia, which holds the presidency of the G20 this year, expects more than 400 delegates to attend the Nov 15-16 summit. Among the priority issues discussed in meetings prior to the summit are efforts to foster a sustainable energy transition and strengthen the global health architecture.


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