Indonesia To Phase Out Combustion Engines By 2050, Sell Only Electric Vehicles
Jun 21, 2021

The government in Jakarta has set the ambitions goal for Indonesia to sell only electric cars and motorcycles by 2050 to gradually replace vehicles powered by combustion engines, Reuters wrote on June 14, citing the country’s energy minister.

Indonesia, which has plans to take part in the international vehicle battery manufacturing supply chain and is also diversifying its power resources towards renewable and sustainable energy, seeks to reduce its overall carbon emissions in line with global goals.

According to energy minister Arifin Tasrif, all motorcycles sold in Indonesia from 2040 will be electric-powered, while all new cars sold from 2050 will be electric vehicles. The ministry added that the use of cars with combustion engines would not be outright prohibited, but the purchase and use of electric vehicles would be incentivised.

Fending off air pollution from traffic jams

And the volume is big: In the past decade, in Indonesia, the world’s fourth-most populous country, an average of 6.5 million motorcycles and about one million cars were sold per year. As per latest available figures, around 15 million cars and 112 million motorcycles were on the roads in the archipelago in 2019, and air pollution and traffic jams are the norm in densely populated areas.

Indonesia’s homegrown ride-hailing and e-commerce giant Gojek in April said that the company would make every car and motorcycle on its platform an electric vehicle by 2030.

by Arno Maierbrugger