Switching to Electric Motors, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources: This is Cheaper than Ordinary Motors


The government continues to strive for Indonesia to become a zero-carbon country. One of these efforts is the promotion of electric-powered vehicles. Recently, the government is encouraging people to switch to using electric motors.

Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Arifin Tasrif explained, electric motors are not only environmentally friendly because they are low in emissions, but electric motors also require low costs to operate.

In the press conference “Energy Transition Working Group” (ETWG) which is part of a series of events for the G20 Presidency in Yogyakarta, Thursday (24/03/2022), Arifin explained that the use of electric motors only costs 50 percent of the cost of conventional motor gasoline.

“If you use a fuel motor, you can spend Rp 12-24 thousand a day for a distance of 30 km to 60 km, if an electric motor is only Rp 6 thousand to Rp 7 thousand for 30 km and Rp 12 thousand to Rp 14 thousand for 60 km,” said Arifin.

For information, the use of public vehicle fuel in Indonesia reaches 240 million kiloliters per day. Therefore, the use of this electric motor can save imports of fuel oil up to only 1.5 million per day.

Furthermore, Arifin also showed several conventional motors that were converted into electric motors. The day before, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources had also participated in the electric motorbike parade.

Arifin added that this year the government will again convert BBM motors to electric motors with a target of 1,000 units and 13 million conversions by 2030.

“We will continue to intensify this conversion. Hopefully, this conversion can also encourage the electric vehicle industry to develop, so that electric motors can be made domestically and can increase TKDN [Domestic Component Level],” he explained.

To achieve this target, it targets several MSMEs to accelerate the conversion of this electric motor.

Previously, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources stated that currently, the cost of converting a conventional motor to an electric motor requires funds of Rp. 10 million per unit. The government hopes that these costs can be reduced by developing technology, making it more affordable for the community.