Grab Drives Off With Electric Cars In Indonesia
Jan 30, 2020

Southeast Asian ride-hailing firm Grab and South Korean automaker Hyundai officially introduced GrabCar Elektrik, Grab’s electric vehicle service in Jakarta, on January 27.

The newest service comprises of 50 Hyundai Ioniq Electric cars, a five-seat electric sedan.

In this first stage, GrabCar Electrik is available for passengers arriving at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport’s Terminal 3. Plans are to expand the size of the fleet to 500 electric cars within one year, Grab Indonesia’s president director, Ridzki Kramadibrata, said.

“GrabCar Electric is a show of our commitment to support the electric vehicle ecosystem in Indonesia, which we first expressed when we secured a $2-billion investment from SoftBank last year,” he said.

He, however, noted that the service comes with a “price adjustment” since costs to operate four-wheeled electric cars were 10% to 15% higher as for regular cars. Those costs would be passed down to customers.

Indonesia seeks to become electric vehicle hub for Asia

Grab has also signed an agreement with state power company Perusahaan Listrik Negara to build a network of electric vehicle charging stations.

This is the first electric vehicle initiative for public transportation in Indonesia this year. Meanwhile, the Indonesian government is preparing industrial guidelines to support the industry and make Indonesia the electric vehicle hub for Asia.

Last year, Indonesia’s biggest taxi operator Blue Bird Group launched a fleet of electric taxis using China’s BYD vehicles, as well as Tesla cars. Grab already trialed 20 electric motorbikes from Astra Honda Motor and Gesits, both of which manufacture electric motorcycles in Indonesia. Hyundai, which is invested in Grab, last year announced a $1.55-billion investment to establish an electric vehicle plant in Indonesia.