Grab, Hyundai launches their first electric vehicle service in Indonesia

Ridesharing company Grab has partnered with Hyundai to launch its first car service GrabElectrik as part of its effort to support the Indonesian government’s vision to boost and nurture (EV) car ecosystem, according to a press statement.

The Hyundai IONIQ Electric vehicles will be ready to operate as GrabCar Elektrik at Terminal 3 of the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.

The Indonesian government has targeted two million EVs by 2025, aligned with the EV Ecosystem Roadmap which was launched in December 2019.

Along with governmental support, Grab has started a #LangkahHijau (“green steps”) campaign which is aligned to the partnership with World Resources Institute (WRI), supporting the use of EVs to reduce air pollution and fight the climate change.

Additionally, Indonesia also intends to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 29 per cent in 2030, of which electric vehicles seem to be a major part of. Tax will also be exempted for electric vehicles in the city, according to regulation.

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“Electric vehicles are the business of the future. President Jokowi’s commitment to developing this sector increasingly demonstrates Indonesia’s conducive investment ecosystem. The Indonesian government is also committed to advancing the domestic electric car battery industry by using abundant nickel reserves in Indonesia. We appreciate the participation of Grab and Hyundai who have collaborated with the government to be the pioneers in this strategic investment,” said Bahlil Lahadalia, Chairman of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM).

Both companies express their commitment towards boosting and nurturing EV car industry under the new roadmap called Strategy 2025, under which Hyundai will foster Smart Mobility Devices and Smart Mobility Services as two core business pillars to facilitate the company’s transition into a Smart Mobility Solution Provider.

Major transportation companies in Indonesia, such as taxi giant Blue Bird, have also been making expansion to the EV sector with the launch of their EV services.

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