Indonesian ride-hailing startup Gojek plans to make every car and motorcycle on its platform an electric vehicle (EV) by 2030 through partnerships with manufacturers and favourable leasing arrangements, co-Chief Executive Kevin Aluwi told Reuters.
Gojek announced the plan on Friday under a zero-emission pledge laid out in its first annual sustainability report, which analysts widely regard as a move aimed at bringing the company closer to a public listing.
However, analysts expect the cost of going electric in Indonesia to be high due to the need for related infrastructure in a country which only has around 100 charging stations.
“Our target is to work with various different players within the industry and government to reduce the cost of EVs to about 30% lower than internal combustion engine vehicles,” prioritising Gojek’s home market, Aluwi said in an interview ahead of the report’s release.
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The Jakarta-based firm is in talks to support development of Indonesia’s EV industry, including how to build infrastructure such as battery swap and charging stations, he said.
Gojek, which also offers food delivery and payment services, says it has over 2 million drivers across Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore, and is backed by big-name investors including Alphabet Inc’s Google and Tencent Holdings Ltd.
Aluwi, who co-founded Gojek in 2011, said the firm has EV pilot programmes in Indonesia with state energy firms Pertamina (PERTM.UL) and Perusahaan Listrik Negara, scooter makers Gesits, Viar, NIU Technologies and Honda Motor Co Ltd , plus automakers Toyota Motor Corp and Mitsubishi Motors Corp .
The world’s fourth-most populous country has grappled with choking air pollution in cities, with traffic-clogged capital Jakarta consistently ranked among the region’s most polluted.
Indonesia aims to start processing its rich supplies of nickel laterite ore for use in lithium batteries as part of a long-term goal of becoming a global EV hub.