Indonesian Project to Convert Gasoline Motorcycles to Electric Motorcycles, Energy News, ET EnergyWorld

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia on Wednesday launched a pilot project to convert motorcycles powered by combustion engines to electric vehicles, as part of a national campaign to make transportation more environmentally friendly, a declared the Department of Energy.

The project has successfully converted 10 of these motorcycles and aims to convert 90 more by November, the ministry said in a statement.

As part of its national strategy, the government has set a goal of having 13 million electric motorcycles – including those converted – and 2.2 million electric cars on the roads by 2030.

He also pledged to stop all sales -14 vehicles powered by combustion engines by 2050.

Indonesia had more than 15 million cars and 112 million motorcycles on its roads in 2019, according to data from the Indonesian Association of Automobile Industries.

“To create economies of scale, we need to create a market,” Energy Minister Arifin Tasrif said at the launch, calling for the conversion technology to be developed at the level of small and medium-sized enterprises.

The government is also working on converting public buses that use fossil fuels to electric buses, a Ministry of Transportation official said at the same event.

Indonesia, which has the largest economy in Southeast Asia, is one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases in the world.

The country also has ambitious plans to become a global hub for the production of batteries and electric vehicles, to take advantage of its rich supplies of nickel laterite ore used in lithium batteries.

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