JABAR EKSPRES – President Director of PT PLN (Persero), Darmawan Prasodjo said, that PLN has provided 616 units of Public Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (SPKLU) spread across 237 locations for electric vehicle drivers in the country.
“People do not need to worry about the availability of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles to support the electric vehicle ecosystem,” Darmawan Prasodjo said in a release sent by PLN Riau Public Relations, Sunday (5/28).
According to Darmawan, the electric vehicle ecosystem in Indonesia has been increasingly formed. But previously, the SPKLU franchise attracted the interest of mall entrepreneurs, offices, there were also food stalls wanting to contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions.
He said switching to electric vehicles is a strategic choice because the transportation sector is one of the main contributors to carbon emissions in Indonesia and now electric vehicle users are widespread.
“More and more electric vehicles in Indonesia have also become a new business field for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs),” he said.
He explained that as much as 1 liter of fuel oil (BBM) is equivalent to 1.5 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity. The carbon emission of 1 liter of fuel is equivalent to 2.4 kilograms (kg) CO2e, while 1.5 kWh of electricity is equivalent to 1.5 kg CO2e.
Moreover, Darmawan said the electricity provided to charge the vehicle will also be cleaner, following the construction of a New Renewable Energy (EBT) based power plant.
“Under current conditions, using electric vehicles has been able to reduce emissions by more than 35 percent. Along with the PLN power plant that is heading to EBT, in the future electric vehicles will have zero emissions,” Darmawan said.
Darmawan emphasized that besides being environmentally friendly, the advantage of electric vehicles is that they are more efficient, both in terms of operational and maintenance costs.