By building these SPKLUs, hopefully, the transition process ... can run smoothly ... to achieve the NTB government’s net zero emission (NZE) target by 2050.
Mataram, NTB (ANTARA) - State-run electricity provider PT PLN (Persero) built and operationalized seven electric vehicle (EV) charging stations (SPKLUs) in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) province in 2022 to expedite the development of the EV ecosystem.

The SPKLUs were set up at several strategic locations, which are easily accessible to the public, to allow EV owners to use the facilities, general manager of NTB PLN, Sudjarwo, said here on Saturday.

"It is hoped that (the establishment of) more SPKLU points will be able to increase public interest in switching to (using) electric vehicles," he added.

He informed that the seven SPKLUs are located at the NTB Governor's Office, NTB Provincial Transportation Office, NTB PLN’s Regional Main Unit, Customer Service Unit (ULP) of PLN Selong, Mataram 3 Vocational High School, MVP Grand Natura, and Hotel Santika Mataram.

Meanwhile, in 2023, PLN is planning to construct more SPKLUs at several other locations, such as the Mandalika Special Economic Zone, Zainuddin Abdul Madjid International Airport, Sumbawa PLN Customer Service Implementation Unit (UP3) Office, and Bima PLN UP3 Office.

Sudjarwo said that PLN is open to collaboration with all stakeholders, both government and private, to build more SPKLUs.

"By building these SPKLUs, hopefully, the transition process (from using conventional vehicles) to electric vehicles can run smoothly to reduce carbon emissions to achieve the NTB government’s net zero emission (NZE) target by 2050," he added.

Meanwhile, Deputy Governor of NTB, Sitti Rohmi Djalilah, stated that her administration is committed to realizing the NZE target, including by conserving the environment and reducing carbon emissions.

"Certainly, the establishment of the SPKLUs will encourage us to switch from conventional vehicles to electric vehicles more quickly," she added.

She said that the provincial government will soon issue a governor's regulation (Pergub) to expedite the transition from conventional to electric vehicles.

Currently, she is using electric cars for work.

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