Indonesian cities learn how to accelerate e-bus transition

(in photo above) Participants in the session rode an e-bus around Jakarta.

The TUMI E-Bus Mission City Network on 17-19 October 2022 provided peer-to-peer exchange and capacity building to the Indonesian cities of Bandung, Bogor, Denpasar, Medan, Palembang, Pekanbaru, and Semarang in order to accelerate the cities’ transition to electric buses.

Organized by ICLEI Indonesia and TUMI partners, the learning sessions also included a study tour of Jakarta’s e-bus facility.

Specifically, the activity aimed to discuss the regulatory hurdles, planning and development strategies, stakeholder engagement methods, and financing strategies undertaken by Indonesian local governments that have begun their e-bus transition. 

Representatives from the national government, local government, private sector, and ICLEI Indonesia during the learning session.

Representatives from the national government, local government, civil society organizations, and private industry also discussed how to better promote the adoption of e-buses throughout the country.

Suharto, ATD., M.M., the Director of Road Transport from the Indonesia Ministry of Transportation, emphasized the importance of formulating regulations that would ensure public transportation is a development priority.

“Local policies can be adapted to local cultures and customs. Cities do not need to wait for the central government to make changes. It is important, however, that the local policy be based on reducing emissions. We must also encourage citizens to use environmentally-friendly vehicles, including electric ones,” stated Suharto.

Additionally, Suharto emphasized that mass transportation should be a priority for citizen mobility.

The interior of an e-bus in Jakarta.

“Mass transportation is efficient and effective. Using the bus is one of the best methods of mobility in the city,” added Suharto.

DKI Jakarta has been operating 30 electric buses since March 2022 as part of its commitment to reducing its greenhouse emissions.

According to Ferdinand Ginting, a DKI Jakarta Transportation Service representative, this commitment is contained in the Governor Regulation (Pergub) Number 90 of 2021 relating to its Climate Resistant Regional Low Carbon Development Plans (RPRKD). 

“It is expected that with this Pergub, Jakarta will be able to accelerate the achievement of its target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30%, as well as achieve net-zero emissions in 2050,” said Ginting.

Transjakarta E-Bus Facility Visit

The city representatives also rode an electric bus operated by TransJakarta and visited an e-bus charging station. TransJakarta hopes to increase its e-bus fleet to 100 units starting this year. 

Meanwhile, Jakarta’s Cibubur area currently has 30 e-bus units and 10 charging stations operating out of its fleet base. With a land area of around 3-hectares, the base could store around 100 unit e-buses in the future.

An e-bus charging facility in Jakarta.

To provide the necessary charging infrastructure in support of the e-bus transition, DKI Jakarta is developing more e-bus charging stations in collaboration with various transportation companies. 

This learning session follows the 1st City Dialogue of the TUMI E-Bus Mission City Network in Indonesia.

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