JAKARTA - The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has officially launched Battery-based Electric Motor Vehicles (KBLBB).

The launching was held online on Monday (28/12) and attended by, among others, ministers of the Onward Indonesia Cabinet, Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko, and governors of all provinces.

"The rationale behind the KBLBB programme is to improve the National Energy Resilience by reducing fuel imports, which will positively impact on lowering the pressure on the Indonesian Balance of Payments," said Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Arifin Tasrif as quoted from an official statement on the Ministry of State-owned Enterprises' website.

According to Mr Tasrif, electricity provision for KBLBB will require the use of locally-sourced energy, particularly renewable energy and gas for power plants. This, he said, will improve air quality and support the government's target to reduce national greenhouse gas emission.

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources plans to build 2,400 General Electric Vehicle Refueling Stations and 1,000 General Electric Vehicle Battery Exchange Stations by 2025 through partnership with PT PLN (Persero).

"Through this public launching, PLN is ready to support the KBLBB programme and ensure the provision of electricity infrastructure by building General Electric Vehicle Refueling Stations," said PLN CEO Zulkifli Zaini. (MS)