Nusa Dua, Bali (ANTARA) - The G20 Summit marks the start of the electric vehicle (EV) conversion movement in Indonesia, Vice President Ma'ruf Amin stated.

"Starting from the G20, this is the start of the process of electric car conversion in Indonesia. The G20 summit, apart from the international meeting, we also start new things for electric cars and electric motorcycles," he noted at the Apurva Kempinski public EV charging station (SPKLU) here on Tuesday.

G20 is an international forum comprising 19 countries and the European Union that work together to handle major issues. Indonesia is holding the presidency of the grouping this year.

The G20 Summit is scheduled to be held in Bali on November 15-16, 2022.

According to Amin, the use of electric cars is the initial step to overcoming the problem of fuel prices.

"I think electric cars are one of the steps in tackling the fuel problems," the vice president affirmed.

Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, highlighted the government's seriousness in converting from using fuel-powered vehicles to EVs.

"Like what has been conveyed by the vice president, the state budget will be directed to the use of electric cars, motorcycles, and buses, so that Jakarta or Indonesia's air (quality) will improve, and it will also reduce our energy import. Hence, we will not depend too much on other countries," Pandjaitan remarked.

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According to the minister, President Joko Widodo had instructed to conduct EV conversion until 2030.

"The president's instruction at the meeting is that we start the conversion of electric motorcycles and cars this year until 2030," he remarked.

For the G20 Summit, EVs will be used for transportation: 134 units of Lexus UX 300e car, 46 units of Hyundai Genesis G80 car, and 300 units of Wuling EV car.

President Widodo has signed Presidential Regulation Number 55 of 2019 on the acceleration of battery-based EVs for road transportation.

In the EV roadmap, two million EVs are targeted to be operated on Indonesian roads by 2025.

According to the Transportation Ministry's data, as of July 2022, a total of 22,671 EVs had received type test registration certification. The figure increased by 41.16 percent, or the equivalent of 6,611 units, as compared to the number of EVs recorded in March 2022, which only reached 16,060 units.

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