UKICIS in collaboration with the Politeknik Keselamatan Transportasi Jalan (PKTJ), Ministry of Transportation of Indonesia, Human Resources Development Agency on Transportation, Republic of Indonesia in the UK and British Embassy in Indonesia hosted a webinar on Safer Electric Vehicle. HE Dr Desra Percaya, Indonesian Ambassador to the UK, Ireland and the International Maritime Organization stated the importance of sustainable transportation and tackle the issue of climate change. Dr Percaya spoke on the importance of policy development, bilateral cooperation and pledged the embassy’s commitment to the issue.
“The convening of this webinar is both very important and very timely for three reasons. First, Indonesia will participate in COP26 climate conference later this year in Glasgow. Second, this webinar reflects the direction of where partnership between Indonesia and the UK will be headed for the future. Third, EV cooperation showcases the important role of Indonesian diaspora academicians in the UKas part of multi-track diplomacy.
I believe the policy recommendations that will be set forth through this webinar will serve as important contribution to the development of Indonesia’s EV, and to the strengthening of Indonesia and the UK’s partnership.
Rest assured that the Indonesian Embassy in London will be at your disposal to make sure that today’s discussion will be followed up.”
HE Rob Fenn, Deputy British Ambassador to Indonesia and Timor-Leste spoke about the importance of the positive Electric Vehicle (EV) cooperation between the UK and Indonesia. The Deputy Ambassador thanked the Indonesian public for the resilience shown during the pandemic times. The risks and challenges for EV and Indonesia’s commitment to EV was expressed. Dr Bagus Muljadi, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering from University of Nottingham of Nottingham moderated the event.
Minister Budi Karya Sumadi opened the webinar with the following:
“It is a great pleasure for me to deliver the remarks at the Opening Ceremony of the International Webinar “Safer Electric Vehicle”, which conducted in commemoration of the 50th Polytechnic of Road Transportation Safety (PKTJ) Anniversary.
As the follow-up of the LOI, PKTJ and Nottingham University have conducted some activities, among others: Focus Group Discussion (FGD) on Safer Electric Vehicles held on 14-15 July 2021. From the FGD, a Policy Brief has been produced regarding the electric vehicles which is covering the importance of battery components, systems and battery charging standards, technical requirements and roadworthiness, regulations, competency of the inspector, battery recycling or waste management systems and electric vehicle accident handling and mitigation.
This webinar is conducted virtually by the Human Resources Development Agency on Transportation Ministry of Transportation in collaboration with University of Nottingham and the Embassy of Indonesia in London. Therefore, I appreciate the initiatives of the committee for conducting this event. I hope that through this event, which is attended by speakers and participants from governments, academicians, industries, and corporations, we can generate information, creative ideas and innovations in the context of accelerating the implementation of electric vehicles in Indonesia. “
University of Nottingham has been awarded Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) fund which is internally allocated to the project entitled “Roadmap for Indonesia’s sustainable transport system via techno-socio-economic assessment of integrated EV and battery industry” and being led by Dr. Muljadi. The project is interdisciplinary and focuses on research in different fields. The aim of the project is to design and develop domestic EV infrastructures in Indonesia as well as understand targets and constraints of carbon reduction through electric vehicles infrastructure. In partnership with University of Gadjah Mada, University of Nottingham and British Geological Survey the project will study the design, development and optimization of systems for combined power and metals production from Indonesian geothermal sources operated. The project is collaborating with the University of Indonesia to study the social aspects of the geothermal research. The project will develop business models and analysis of logistics and supply chain infrastructure to accelerate the uptake of EV. A research based brief policy is being developed with researchers from the UK and Indonesia.
Risal Wasal, Director of Road Transportation Facilities at the Ministry of Transportation was the first keynote speaker who spoke about testing the type of electric motor vehicle and regulation of EV inspection in Indonesia. Prof Satryo Brodjonegoro, Chairman of Indonesia’s EV Acceleration Program followed and spoke about the need to expedite the demand for EV for environmental reasons. Prof Brodjonegoro discussed the challenges that are being faced by the EV market such as batteries and charging stations. Indonesia has the market for EV and has base mineral resources like nickel. The collaboration between industries and academics is needed to accelerate the EV demand.
Prof Patrick Wheeler from the University of Nottingham discussed the safety aspects of EV. Prof Wheeler informed University of Nottingham is a large research centre group and has access to core technologies. The safety aspects and risks of fires were referred to in the presentation. The challenges such as battery production and the expenses of initiate of EV infrastructure was informed. Prof. Wheeler concluded the presentation by advising that EV has lower maintenance and use costs with zero emissions. Dr Tony Parry from the University of Nottingham presented next. Dr Parry enlightened the webinar by informing the highest carbon footprint is caused by the development of road infrastructure. The presentation dealt with the issues of road safety and the reasons for higher accident rates.
Dr Muljadi added the “UKICIS is bridging the knowledge gap, and this is an example of collaborative working between Indonesia and UK. Climate change is a global issue and technology needs to provide solutions. The introduction of EV in Indonesia at larger scales will make the nation more sustainable, think of renewable energy and access latest technologies with academics from both nations. UKICIS is committed to EV and will support in COP26 and conduct further events in near future.”
The next presentation was provided by Lee Kang Hyun, CEO and VP of Hyundai Motor company. The participants were informed on the current and future Indonesian market for EV and how the presidential rules No. 73 in 2014 and No. 74 in 2021 will boost the EV in Indonesia. The speaker supported providing incentives to the public such as tax benefits to promote EV. Mr. Hyun informed that Hyundai is planning EV production in Indonesia to contribute to EV acceleration programme. Due to lacking technology, concerns in Indonesia to migrate to hybrid technology seems to be the way forward. Academics from both countries can work together to adopt EV technology even though it is expensive to initiate.
The final presentation was provided by
Zainal Arifin, Executive VP from PLN, the state electric company in Indonesia. Mr Arifin spoke regarding the EV infrastructure in Indonesia and battery swap facilities. PLN has currently built 40% of EV charging stations. The next session involved Q&A session with the participants.
The event was concluded by Siti Maimunah, Director of PKTJ Tegal, who thanked all the dignitaries, hosts and the attendees. Ms Maimunah advised that there is an urgent need for EV in Indonesia and with collaborative working between the UK and Indonesian governments and academics this can be achieved.
Please see the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from Indonesia press release here.