Amid High Levels of Pollution Indonesian Minister Urges Switch to EVs

Indonesia’s Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi is encouraging his country’s citizens to switch to using electric vehicles (EVs) to improve air quality, especially in the sprawling capital Jakarta.

Since May this year Jakarta has been consistently ranked among the world’s 10 most polluted cities, and last week Swiss air quality technology company IQAir ranked the city second on its pollution index.

During an event organised by the Indonesian Electric Motorcycle Industry Association (Aismoli) in Jakarta, the transport minister emphasised that fossil fuel-powered motor vehicles contribute to more than 50% of air pollution in the country.

Sumadi also confirmed that the government is committed to accelerating the development of the EV ecosystem, including the conversion from fuel-powered motorcycles to electric motorcycles, “If this transition becomes widespread, we hope it can significantly reduce pollution in major cities,” he said.

To ensure the safety of converted motorcycles, the Ministry of Transportation has issued a regulation to expedite improvements in the electric motorcycle ecosystem by enhancing vehicle testing services for converted motorcycles, Indonesian News Agency Antara reports.

Sumadi expressed his hope that the nascent EV ecosystem would continue to evolve, leading to better EV quality and lower prices. He also highlighted several government programs that support the EV ecosystem, such as using EVs for operational vehicles at government offices and the vehicle conversion program.