Grab announces electric vehicle pilots in Indonesia in 2020

Left to right: Ridzki Kramadibrata, President of Grab Indonesia; Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Affairs; Bambang Brodjonegoro, Minister of Research & Technology, and Head of National Research and Innovation Agency of Indonesia

Grab has revealed its roadmap to launch electric vehicles (EV) in Indonesia in partnership with the local government.

The ride-hailing startup will collaborate with automakers and distributors, including Hyundai, Astra Honda Motor and Gesits, to introduce four- and two-wheeler electric vehicles for pilots in the Greater Jakarta area. Users will be able to book EV ride from their Grab app in early 2020.

In a statement, Grab said the pilots came about after investor SoftBank Group Corp made a commitment in July this year to invest $2 billion in Indonesia through the ride-hailing company.

The launch of the EV roadmap was done in collaboration with Indonesia’s Coordinating Ministry of Maritime and Investment. Grab said it aims to support the country’s EV ecosystem goal in an effort to reach 2 million electric vehicles by 2025.

“The joint effort, which is in line with our commitment to accelerate digital infrastructure development in Indonesia, will help us to come up with solutions that will achieve higher cost efficiencies and spur more people to adopt EVs not just in Indonesia but also across the rest of the region,” said Grab Indonesia president Ridzki Kramadibrata.

Grab also inked a partnership with state-owned electricity provider Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) to co-build a network of electric vehicle charging stations. For two-wheel vehicles, Grab also partnered with Astra Honda Motor (AHM) and Gesits to launch EV bike pilots.

The pilots will test the viability of using EV bikes across Grab’s ride-hailing, food and package delivery in Greater Jakarta.

During the launch ceremony, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Indonesia also handed over the keys of one of the 20 brand-new Hyundai Ioniq Electric cars to be used in the upcoming pilot project.

Grab claims that it is the first to launch and deploy the 2020 Ioniq EVs in SEA. The South Korean automaker, which is also Grab’s investor, is Grab’s first four-wheel EV partner in Indonesia.

“Southeast Asia becomes the fastest and huge emerging market for the EV industry over the other regions,” said Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Indonesia president director Yoon Seok Choi. “We are looking forward to further collaboration with Grab and also the government to be able to accelerate the development of the EV industry in Indonesia.”

Besides that, Grab said it is co-developing policies with the government to make EVs more affordable, which would encourage driver-partners and fleet owners to adopt such vehicles.

Grab claims that it owns one of the largest fleets of electric vehicles in Southeast Asia. It started its first EV pilot project in Singapore early this year when it rolled out 200 Hyundai KONA models.

In the city-state, Grab has also partnered with Singapore’s energy utilities provider, SP Group, to use its public EV charging network.

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In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

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