On Wednesday Indonesia launched a new pilot project to convert motorcycles that run on combustion engines into electric-powered vehicles. This is part of a national drive to make transport more environmentally friendly, the energy ministry said.
The project has successfully converted 10 such motorbikes and is aiming to convert 90 more by November, the ministry said in a statement.
Under its national strategy, the government has set a target of having 13 million electric motorbikes – including converted ones – and 2.2 million electric cars on the roads by 2030. This goes hand in hand with the Country’s goal to manufacture 600,000 electric cars a year in Indonesia by 2030.
It has also pledged to stop all sales vehicles powered by combustion engines by 2050.
Indonesia had more than 15 million cars and 112 million motorcycles on its roads as of 2019, data from Indonesia’s automotive industries association showed.
“To create economies of scale, we have to create a market,” Energy Minister Arifin Tasrif said during the launch, calling for the conversion technology to be developed at the small and medium-sized business levels.
The government is also working on converting public buses that use fossil fuel into electric buses, a transport ministry official told the same event.
Indonesia is one of the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitters.