In continued efforts to help improve Jakarta’s air quality, the city’s provincial government is currently buying electric-powered official vehicles, report Tempo.
Acting Governor of Jakarta, Heru Budi Hartono, stated in Jakarta on Sunday, July 2, 2023, that the procurement is in line with the Regional Development Plan, saying that “in the near future, vehicles powered by renewable energy will be put into operation.”
According to Hartono, the use of electric vehicles reduces fossil fuel consumption and decreases carbon emissions adding that some public transportation, such as buses in Jakarta, already use electric engines, say Tempo.
“Therefore, in the future, only heavy machinery like backhoes will still use oil-based fuel,” he said.
Tempo report that he is encouraging Jakarta’s residents not to hesitate to use electric vehicles or conventional vehicles, especially motorcycles, that have been converted to electric propulsion.
“I am confident that in the near future, all two-wheeled vehicles in Jakarta will switch to electric motorcycles. We are considering incentive programs for the public to make this happen,” said Hartono.
He admitted to using a hybrid car as his official vehicle after serving as the acting governor for nine months.
“I have only been using the hybrid car for a week. I think it is just as comfortable as regular fuel-powered vehicles,” he said.
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