...thus it is possible that Indonesia will become a global player (in electric vehicles in the future).
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry provided training on converting fossil-fuelled motorcycles into electric ones to micro, small, and medium enterprise (MSME) players to encourage the green energy transition in the transportation sector.

The training was officiated by head of the Center for Human Resources Development for Electricity, New Renewable Energy, and Energy Conservation (PPSDM KEBTKE) at the ministry, Laode Sulaeman.

"To develop MSMEs or (automotive) workshops for the conversion of electric motors, PPSDM KEBTKE conducts two (training) classes," he said in a statement issued here on Tuesday.

The training, which is taking place from August 8 to 15, 2022, is part of the government's efforts to support the implementation of the Battery-Based Electric Motorized Vehicle Program (KBLBB).

Sulaeman said that while he was on duty at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, he found that most of the local community used electric motorbikes.

"It encourages us to move forward — to not lag too far behind other countries (in developing electric vehicles)," he remarked.

He said that the challenges faced by Indonesia in developing the vehicles pertained to the provision of educated and leading human resources (HR).

"(Through the training) we can show that Indonesia's human resources can become internationally competitive; thus it is possible that Indonesia will become a global player (in electric vehicles in the future),” he stated.

Meanwhile, coordinator for the substance of electricity sector of the KBLBB Implementation, Slamet, said he expects the implementation of the electric motorcycle conversion program to help reduce fossil fuel consumption, increase electricity use, and reduce greenhouse gases.

"The target is to reduce (the use of) 51.78 million liters of fuel per year and increase the use of electricity by 51,600 gigawatts (GW) per year. In addition, it can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 65.8 million tons per year," he noted.

The program will also help the community to reduce their spending by Rp2.78 million per year and the national electricity component industry to grow, headed.

In the future, it is possible that in addition to motorbikes, there will be converted four-wheeled vehicles as the Transportation Ministry is still preparing the regulation on such a conversion.

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