Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) has set a service fee for electric vehicle (EV) charging at public charging stations (SPKLUs).

The fee amount is regulated in a ministerial decree issued to help accelerate the EV ecosystem, provide business certainty, and transparency to the public.

"The cost of the service will make it more economical for business entities to invest in SPKLUs," said Havidh Nazif, the ministry's Director of Electricity Business Development, in Jakarta on Monday.

SPKLUs using fast-charging technology will levy a maximum fee of Rp 25,000 (around $1.66), while those using ultrafast charging technology will charge a maximum fee of Rp 57,000 (around $3.78). The fees will be charged for one-time charging.

The charging technology at SPKLUs for vehicles with four or more wheels includes slow-charging, medium-charging, fast-charging, and ultrafast charging.

The service fee is set as an incentive for SPKLU operators to offer fast-charging and ultrafast-charging services to EV owners and to support the development of the EV ecosystem.

The service fee will be evaluated every two years to determine the economic and reasonableness of the cost.

Nazif said that the number of electric vehicles in Indonesia is currently around 60,000, 15,000 of which are passenger cars.

"This number will continue to grow, and according to studies, the growth rate will be between 6 and 10 percent per year," he informed.

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