Nusa Dua-Bali, – One of the interesting things about holding the G20 Summit in Bali on 15-16 November 2022 is the use of electric vehicles for the Heads of State and Delegates who are attending the event. Starting from buses, cars, and motorcycles used for the purposes of the Summit, all of these vehicles are powered by electricity.

In this regard, the Vice President (VP) K.H. Ma’ruf Amin said that the use of electric vehicles at the G20 Bali Summit was the beginning of the massive conversion of the use of fossil vehicles to electric vehicles in Indonesia.

“Starting from the G20 in Bali, as the Governor said earlier that the Public Electric Vehicle Charging Station (SPKLU) facility will not be turned down (after the Summit), but will continue to start a new life in Bali. And this is the beginning of the process of using electric cars in Indonesia,” said the VP on his press statement after visiting the SPKLU in the Apurva Kempinski Hotel area, Jalan Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Badung Regency, Bali, Tuesday (30/08/2022).

Furthermore, the VP also hopes that the massive use of electric cars will not only be in Bali, but also in other areas in the future.

“After that, Jakarta and other areas. I think that’s what we start today,” he stated.

As for the advantages of using electric vehicles, said the VP, in addition to saving energy, it is also fast in the charging process because it has utilized sophisticated technology.

“I just saw an application about electric cars that is very sophisticated and automatic. Using PLN mobile, you can charge (the car) in just 15 minutes, it’s 100 percent charged. This means that the charging is very fast,” he explained.

In line with the VP, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, revealed that in the future the use of the state budget related to vehicles will lead to the use of buses, cars and electric motorcycles.

“Because of that, let Jakarta and other cities in Indonesia have better air,” said Luhut.

In addition, mentioned Luhut, that the use of electric vehicles will automatically reduce Indonesia’s energy fuel imports from other countries.

“So that way we don’t depend too much on outsiders anymore,” he added.

As directed by the President, Luhut explained, the conversion of the use of fuel vehicles to electric vehicles will begin at the end of this year until 2030.

“We hope that by 2030 Indonesia will greatly reduce (its fuel vehicles), because [the people] will use motorcycles and electric cars. And we hope that especially in Jakarta, the air will be clean, for the health of all of us,” he concluded.

For information, based on data from PLN (State Electric Company), the electric vehicles that will be used at the G20 Summit include 616 VVIP cars and delegates, 290 escort patrol motorbikes, and 300 operational cars of various brands.

To support the electric charging of these vehicles, PLN will provide 66 units of SPKLU along with 4 backups and also 21 units of fast charging spread across various locations. In addition, PLN will also provide 200 home charging units in 10 locations. Not only PLN, the Toyota company will also provide 12 units of SPKLU.

On this occasion, the VP also tried directly the process of charging an electric car through the SPKLU.

Accompanying the VP on this visit were Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Mohammad Mahfud MD, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno L.P. Marsudi, Minister of Communication and Information Johnny G. Plate, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Uno, National Police Chief General Listyo Sigit Prabowo, President Director of PLN Darmawan Prasodjo, and Governor of Bali Wayan Koster. (NN/LHS – BPMI Setwapres)