The saving can reach 60 percent if using electric motorcycles
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The use of electric motorcycles can help achieve fuel savings of up to 60 percent, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Arifin Tasrif has said.

"The saving can reach 60 percent if using electric motorcycles," he noted at a press conference on fuel prices at the ministry's office here on Friday.

Electric motorcycles can serve as a solution in the midst of the current surge in fuel prices.

The minister said that the transportation industry that uses electric batteries has not grown domestically, and the price of electric vehicles is still relatively high.

Therefore, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has launched a program to convert motorcycles that use fuel into electric motorcycles and pushed the acceleration of electric vehicle infrastructure development in the country.

In 2021, the ministry converted 100 motorcycles spread across the ministry's work units in the Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi (Jabodetabek) areas.

The 100 motorcycles passed a roadworthiness test after traveling 10 thousand kilometers—uphill, downhill, and amid traffic congestion in rainy or hot weather—over a period of 48 days.

The conversion program offers benefits in the form of fuel savings of one liter per day per unit, or a total of 34 kiloliters per year, and a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of 0.72 tons per day per unit, or a total of 24.4 thousand tons of carbon dioxide per year.

In 2022, the ministry is aiming to fit one thousand motorcycles with electric kits.

The program is in accordance with the provisions of the Transportation Minister’s Regulation Number 65 of 2020, namely regarding motorcycle modifications by replacing old engine components with electric motor components, including batteries or what is known as converter kit packages.

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