Grab launches electric vehicles pilot in Indonesia with the government’s support

Grab has gained the Indonesian government (Coordinating Ministry of Maritime and Investment)’s full in the launch of Electric Vehicle (EV) Ecosystem Roadmap that aims to accelerate EV adoption in the country and bring a more environmentally sustainable transport network.

Grab Four-Wheels and Two-Wheels Electric Vehicles (EV) pilot projects in Jakarta with from carmakers to help build up Indonesia’s EV ecosystem. The move is also the unicorn’s answers to government’s target of 2 million EVs by 2025, something that SoftBank has committed to support through its US$2 billion investment into Grab back in July.

Grab also announced partnerships with automakers Hyundai, Astra Honda Motor, and Gesits to launch four- and two-wheel electric vehicles pilots in the Greater Jakarta region.

Ridzki Kramadibrata, President of Grab Indonesia said: “The joint effort is in line with our commitment to accelerate digital infrastructure development in Indonesia, will help us to come up with solutions that will achieve higher cost efficiencies and spur more people to adopt EVs not just in Indonesia but also across the rest of the region.”

“We are very grateful for the initiative that has been done by Grab as this in line with the current regulation in further developing the EV industry as well as accelerating the use of environmentally-friendly transportation modes in Indonesia,” said Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Coordinating Minister of Maritime and Investment Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia.

“This can also support the government’s initiative to reduce the air pollution issue in Indonesia, especially in Jakarta,” he continued.

Grab reportedly has been expanding its EV ecosystem by collaborating with and partners like automakers and electricity providers, to drive up EV adoption. By gaining insights on how to better operationalise and expand EV fleets, Grab seeks to co-develop policies with governments with the aim of making EVs more affordable, thus encouraging driver-partners and fleet owners to adopt EVs.

Grab claimed to already own one of the largest fleets of electric vehicles in Southeast Asia, with 200 Hyundai KONA models operated on Singapore roads in a pilot project, launched in January this year.

Grab is also partnering Singapore’s energy utilities provider, SP Group, to use its public EV charging network for Grab’s EVs.

In Indonesia, Grab has inked an agreement with state-owned electricity provider Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) to co-build a network of electric vehicle charging stations.

On two-wheel front, Grab has partnered with Astra Honda Motor (AHM) and Gesits to launch EV bike pilots, all to test the viability of using EV bikes across Grab’s ride-hailing, food and parcels delivery business in greater Jakarta area.

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