"In competing with other countries in the electric vehicle industry, Indonesia does not necessarily start with electric vehicles in the form of private cars though Indonesia will continue to go to that direction. we only set ourselves the target of producing 2,200 electric cars by 2025. But we expect we will be able to produce more than 4 million electric cars in 2050," he said on the occasion of Electric Vehicles Indonesia Forum and Exhibition in Jakarta on Wednesday.
The target of producing 2 million electric motorcycles will match the public needs, he said.
According to data from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), the number of motorcycles in the country reached 113 million in 2017, well above the number of cars at 15 million.
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To face the global competition in the production of electric vehicles, Indonesia has started developing electric motorcycles and electric batteries, he said.
"As we all know, Indonesia needs more motorcycles than cars. This means that we need to focus on producing electric motorcycles. We have set ourselves the target of producing more than 2 million motorcycles by 2025 and 13 million motorcycles by 2050. So everything must be prepared (from now on)," he said.
Indonesia has produced electric motorcycle called GESITS developed by the 10 November Institute of Technology (ITS) in Surabaya. GESITS can now be ordered by the public.
He said the development of electric vehicle industry must be done comprehensively in that the industry produces not only electric cars or motorcycles but their spare parts as well.
The government has also started developing the spare parts and batteries. "There is no car without engine. There is no electric car without battery and there is no car without spare parts so we need to develop ecosystem of electric vehicles including spare part and battery industry,' he added.
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