State-owned electricity company, PLN, has plans to develop high-technology electric vehicle charging stations (SPLU) in Jakarta.
The vehicle charging stations will cater to the charging needs of electric buses, which are currently undergoing operational testing by Transjakarta.
“We have communicated the matter with PT. Transjakarta, and are currently waiting for their latest report,” said PLN’s communication manager, Dita Artsana.
Both the city administration and PT. Transjakarta are determined to conduct a trial test of the electric buses, bought from China’s BYD company and Indonesia’s PT. Mobil Anak Bangsa (MAB). The test is scheduled for July.
The city administration aims to operate ten electric buses along the National Monument – Senayan and Ragunan – Dukuh Atas route. However, the operation of electric-powered buses is still waiting for proper infrastructure, permits, and regulation.
Dita added that PLN Jakarta will establish an electrical connection to the charging machine in accordance with their needs. This will further add the number of regular SPLUs in the city to 1,918.
Both fast and superfast SPLUs will be set up in several locations. “The charging time at a regular SPLU takes 4-6 hours. As for the fast SPLU, it takes 2 hours, while superfast SPLU only takes 15-45 minutes,” Dita explained.