SINGAPORE-BASED tech firm Grab is ramping up its electric vehicle (EV) plans in Indonesia through the launch of a roadmap to drive EV adoption, with support from the Indonesian government.
On Friday, it announced partnerships with carmakers Hyundai, Astra Honda Motor and Gesits to launch four- and two-wheel electric vehicle pilots in the Greater Jakarta region.
Twenty new Hyundai Ioniq Electric cars will be used in the upcoming pilot project. Grab users will be able to choose to ride in the EVs in early-2020. Hyundai, which invested in Grab last year, is Grab's first four-wheel EV partner in Indonesia.
The pilots come on the back of a US$2 billion investment by SoftBank into Grab in July in order to build the EV ecosystem in Indonesia, where the government has set a goal of hitting two million electric vehicles by 2025.
Grab owns one of the largest fleets of EVs in the region. In January, a pilot project saw 200 Hyundai KONA models plying Singapore roads. The firm is also partnering Singapore's energy utilities provider SP Group to use its public EV charging network.
In Indonesia, Grab inked an agreement with state-owned electricity provider Perusahaan Listrik Negara to co-build a network of EV charging stations.
It also partnered Astra Honda Motor (AHM) and Gesits to launch EV bike pilots. These pilots will test the viability of using EV bikes across Grab's ride-hailing, food and parcels delivery business in the Greater Jakarta area.