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Public Hesitation to Buy Electric Motorbikes

Public Hesitation to Buy Electric Motorbikes

Jakarta,Timerilis.com – Special Staff of the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) for the Acceleration of Industrial Development in the ESDM Sector, Agus Tjahajana Wirakusumah revealed several factors that made people undo their intention to bring electric motorbikes.

People are still hesitant to buy electric motorbikes because of the problem of mileage and infrastructure that hasn’t fully supported the mobility of electric motorbikes.

“Many also question aftersales. Next, the price of used vehicles. This is a question for all of us, it has not yet been formed (ecosystem) and cannot be briefly,” Agus said at the research launch event “The Rise of Indonesia’s E-Motorcycle” in Jakarta, Tuesday (12/9/2023).

Not only that, Agus also believes that people are too used to using oil-fueled motorbikes. According to him, 1-2 years is not enough time to change these habits and make people adapt to electric vehicles.

“This also includes the comfort when driving. There is a lot of information that there are electric vehicles will jolt when gassed, which makes mothers afraid. It must be solved together,” he said.

One of the strategic efforts to overcome this problem, he continued, is to intensify the development of supporting infrastructure. Both in the form of Public Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (SPKLU) and Public Electric Vehicle Battery Exchange Stations (SPBKLU).

He added that by increasing the supporting infrastructure for electric motorcycles, people will feel confident using electric vehicles for daily operations.

“If you ride a fuel motorcycle, it is safe because many sell bottles filled with oil on the side of the road. While using an electric motorcycle, the power is already a quarter, so where do you want to go? Swap stations are still far away. So there must be many of them,” Agus explained.

Then, he also highlighted the issue of battery standardization to make it easier for people to charge their electric vehicles. Even though this is outside the authority of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Agus said that his party continues to encourage relevant stakeholders to accelerate the battery standardization process.

On the other hand, he did not deny that important players in the electric vehicle battery industry were elbowing each other for profit. In fact, according to him, the battery standardization process must be discussed together between stakeholders, including battery producers in Indonesia.

“All players must benefit and must be calculated exactly. Don’t be the first to enter then be disadvantaged, and those who come later benefit the most,” he said.