Indonesia aims to sell only electric cars and motorcycles by 2050 to replace vehicles equipped with combustion engines, the country’s energy minister said on Monday, as the country in Southeast Asia wants to reduce carbon emissions.
All motorcycles sold from 2040 onwards will be supplied with electricity, and all new cars sold from 2050 onwards will be electric vehicles, Arifin Tasrif said.
Over the past decade, the world’s fourth most populous country has sold an average of 6.5 million motorcycles a year and about a million cars.
“We have no policy to stop (use) the internal combustion engine (use), only with incentives for the use of electric vehicles,” said Dadan Kusdiana, the ministry’s director general of renewables.
The country had more than 15 million cars and 112 million motorcycles on the roads by 2019, data from the Indonesian Automotive Industry Association showed.
Indonesia has drowned air pollution in urban areas. Jakarta has narrowed traffic to one of the most polluted cities in the region.
The move in favor of electric vehicles supports ambitious plans to turn Indonesia into a global hub for production, as the country is stepping up its processing of rich supplies of nickel laterite ore used in lithium batteries.
Goj, Giant of Indonesia, said in April that by 2030 the company would convert all cars and motorcycles on its platform to EV.
Jakarta also announced plans to convert the country to carbon neutral this year, including a plan to phase out all coal plants by 2056.