Denpasar, Bali (ANTARA) - State electricity firm PT PLN has informed that two electric vehicle charging stations (SPKLUs) in the Badung government complex, Bali, are ready for use following the completion of several trials.

General Manager of PT PLN's Distribution Main Unit in Bali I Wayan Udayana informed here on Saturday that the two stations are the ultra-fast-charging (UFC) type with a charging capacity of up to 200 kilowatts (kW).

The construction of the two stations is intended to serve the needs of owners of electric cars, especially those plying around the Badung government complex.

The charging stations, which have been officially made operational, have increased the number of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Bali to 48 units.

Bali has 10 UFC stations, 23 medium-charging type stations, nine fast-charging stations, and six slow-charging units.

"The infrastructure that supports electric vehicles will continue to grow, and we are targeting that in 2023, there will be 12 more charging stations spread throughout Bali," Udayana informed.

PLN is committed to supporting the government's EV ecosystem program by taking the initiative to plan charging stations at strategic locations to support EV owners, he added.

PLN has also opened SPKLU franchise opportunities for interested and potential partners.

"PLN has prepared the scheme, including the supporting infrastructure, such as reliable applications. We encourage interested business actors to develop this SPKLU business with PLN together," he said.

Meanwhile, Badung District Regional Secretary I Wayan Adi Arnawa said that his side is fully supporting PLN in increasing the number of charging stations in the area.

"We are supporting (PLN) by providing a location that can be reached by the community, especially electric vehicle owners who pass around the Badung government complex," Arnawa said.

He urged the public to no longer harbor doubts about switching to EVs so that Bali can become a green and more environmentally friendly tourist destination.

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