ABB and PLN Icon Plus strengthen collaboration on developing electric vehicle charging services

ABB and PLN Icon Plus strengthen collaboration on developing electric vehicle charging services

  • Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed to facilitate collaboration between companies  
  • Cooperation to include technology assessment, charger deployment and development of Charging Station Management System (CSMS) platform  
  • Partnership aims to grow electric vehicle (EV) charging services in Indonesia  

ABB, ABB E-mobility and PLN Icon Plus have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to facilitate collaboration to grow the EV charging infrastructure in Indonesia.    

The MoU was signed in Jakarta, Indonesia, by Gerard Chan, President Director of PT ABB Sakti Industri (ABB in Indonesia), WeeJin Lee, Region Leader for Asia Pacific at ABB E-mobility Pte. Ltd., and Anne Aprina Vice President Electric Vehicle Services PLN Icon Plus. The signing ceremony was also a part of the MoU signing event series held at Hannover Messe, Germany.     

Gerard Chan, President Director & Country Holding Officer, PT. ABB Sakti Industri said that Indonesia is travelling at an impressive pace in the electrification of its transportation system, including providing a reliable EV charging infrastructure across the country. “This MoU signing between ABB, ABB E-mobility and PLN Icon Plus marks the commitment of the three companies to strengthen collaboration on developing electric vehicle charging services, supporting the government in accelerating the adoption of e-mobility in Indonesia,” explained Chan.   

WeeJin Lee, Region Leader for Asia Pacific at ABB E-mobility Pte.Ltd added: “With transportation accounting for 27-29% of global CO2 emissions, it is crucial to address this topic collectively in Indonesia, moving towards a net zero emission target”.  ABB E-mobility will support and facilitate the Indonesian government with a smart and reliable charging infrastructure ecosystem. WeeJin Lee stresses the importance of establishing a safe and smart charging experience for all EV users in Indonesia that complies to charging standards.  

With this initiative, ABB, ABB E-mobility and PLN Icon Plus will jointly conduct studies and discussions related to the expansion of EV charging services. The companies will form a synergy in EV charging services which shall include but not be limited to technology assessment, market research, developing a Charging Station Management System (CSMS) platform, undertaking marketing activities, and the deployment of EV chargers. 

Anne Aprina, Vice President of Electric Vehicle Services PLN Icon Plus explained that the government has prepared a number of regulations to welcome the era of domestic electric vehicles. The Presidential Decree number 55 of 2019, concerning the Acceleration of the Battery-Based Electric Motorized Vehicle Program, became the first milestone to start the historic era of electric vehicles in the country. Another supporting regulation is the implementation of a Value Added Tax (VAT) incentive program for the purchase of four-wheeled electric motorized vehicles and buses, as stipulated in the Minister of Finance Regulation (PMK) Number 38 of 2023, effective since April 2023. 

"By signing this Memorandum of Understanding, PLN Icon Plus and ABB are demonstrating their support to the government in the era of electric vehicles across the nation. The use of electric vehicles in the future will continue to grow rapidly, with PLN Icon Plus committed to continue developing the Beyond kWh Business, especially Battery-Based Electric Motorized Vehicles and their ecosystem," added Anne. 

Based on a data from PT PLN (Persero), as of December 2022, the number of public Electric Vehicle charging stations or SPKLUs in Indonesia was recorded at 588 units spread across 257 locations. Compared to the previous year, there has been a significant increase of 120.22%, from 267 units in 197 locations. 

As a sub-holding of Beyond kWh Business, PLN Icon Plus has received a mandate from PT PLN (Persero) to develop a business beyond electricity as known as Beyond kWh. Apart from focusing on connectivity and digital solutions, now PLN Icon Plus is also developing a clean energy (green energy) solution called Rooftop Photovoltaic (PV) and encouraging the growth of EV’s and the supporting ecosystem. This also includes developing digital solutions for SPKLU and other EV-related services that are integrated with electricity services in a platform called PLN Mobile. 

The e-mobility evolution in Indonesia 

As one of the largest and fastest-growing economies in Southeast Asia, Indonesia has also been making efforts to promote e-mobility. In 2020, the Indonesian government announced its ambition to become the largest EV producer in Southeast Asia by 2025. The government has set a target to have at least 2.1 million electric motorcycles and 20,000 electric cars on the road by 2025. In addition, the government has offered tax incentives and subsidies for EV manufacturers and buyers to accelerate the adoption of e-mobility. 

ABB E-mobility has successfully installed multiple DC fast chargers in Indonesia, including several for BPPT in Serpong, West Java and for the PLN Distribution Unit of Jakarta at its head office in Gambir, Jakarta. ABB also showcases a charging unit at in Indonesian headquarters, located in the WTC office complex at the heart of Jakarta’s business district. In addition to the DC fast chargers, ABB E-mobility has installed home charging AC wall boxes for dozens of residences, shopping malls, and car manufacturers. These efforts have provided strategic support to the government’s effort to adopt smart, reliable, and emission-free mobility solutions. 

About ABB   

ABB is a technology leader in electrification and automation, enabling a more sustainable and resource-efficient future. The company’s solutions connect engineering know-how and software to optimize how things are manufactured, moved, powered and operated. Building on more than 130 years of excellence, ABB’s ~105,000 employees are committed to driving innovations that accelerate industrial transformation. 

ABB E-mobility is enabling zero-emission mobility as a global leader in electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions for a more sustainable and resource-efficient future. We are a partner of choice for the world’s biggest EV OEMs and nationwide EV charging network operators, offering the widest portfolio of EV charging solutions from smart chargers for the home to high-power chargers for the highway stations of the future, solutions for the electrification of fleets and charging for electric buses and trucks. With ~1,500 employees around the world, ABB E-mobility has sold more than one million EV chargers across more than 85 markets, including over 50,000 DC fast chargers. 


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