PHOTO CAPTION: TransJakarta Busway is Jakarta's bus rapid transit system, which the author would like to see electrified, instead of private cars.

Indonesia Better Off with Electric Transit Than Electric Cars

Teddy Lesmana urges government to focus on development of electric-powered public transit and not personal electric cars as way to reduce congestion and pollution.

Published: 03-Sep-2012

We have been witnessing euphoria about electric car production in our public discourse, with the government aiming to mass produce 10,000 such vehicles in 2014. The talk about electric cars emerges hot on the heels of a government policy to curb fuel subsidies.

As part of that policy, the government once planned to promote the use of gas for the transportation sector. Electric cars, however, are a more likely answer to address mounting pressures on fuel subsidies resulting from increased fossil fuel consumption.

Moreover, with growing public awareness of global warming and the increasingly urgent need to reduce carbon emissions, the role of electric cars in our transportation system looks unavoidable. The next questions are: “How ready are we?” and “How should we deal with this electric car discourse?”


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