ABB supports Indonesia in leading the EV market in South East Asia

An interview of Jorge Aguinaga, Head of Electrification, ABB in Indonesia with Investor Daily

Jakarta-ABB, a leading global technology company, is committed to support Indonesia in leading the EV market in South East Asia. It does so by providing charging infrastructure, grid reinforcement and integration of renewable power generation.

ABB has been promoting the adoption of e-mobility for many years in Indonesia. The company has worked intensively with government and industry stakeholders to create awareness, promote technologies and facilitate dialogue.

“We have deployed our technologies at the national laboratory of The Agency for the Assessment and Application (BBPT), organized industry-wide forums and deployed our own charging station at the heart of Jakarta’s business district to drive awareness about e-mobility. This is well in line with ABB’s Mission to Zero vision, and we will continue to do so for the foreseeable future,” said Jorge Aguinaga, Head of Electrification ABB Indonesia in his statement (28/7).

He stated that ABB sees four key areas in the development of e-mobility in Indonesia. First, the availability of high performance and competitively priced electric vehicles. Secondly, accessibility of reliable and fast charging infrastructure. Third, grid reinforcement, with the use of digital technologies to efficiently manage power supply and power consumption. And fourth, the integration of renewable power generation particularly solar power.

He continued and said that ABB has the expertise and capability to offer the full solutions for three of the four pillars, from charging infrastructure to grid reinforcement and integration of renewable energy. They also have the right team in place in Indonesia, with local experts and relevant certification by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, as the regulator of the EV national program in Indonesia. This is extremely important and required to ensure proper maintenance of any type of EV chargers.

ABB believes that collaboration is key to driving Indonesia’s transition to mass EV adoption. As such, ABB has been actively working with professional business associations, government, and its integrated bodies in advocating smart mobility adoption in Indonesia.

Jorge added, ABB plays a leading role in the development of sustainable mobility with its innovative and digital technologies. ABB has sold more than 400,000 EV chargers sold across 85 countries, including Indonesia. During the past three years, the company has delivered multiple DC and AC fast chargers for charging stations across Jakarta and its greater area.

“We have installed our chargers in residential buildings, public areas, and office buildings, such as World Trade Center (WTC) business complex. These projects will further support the acceleration of Indonesia’s transition to a future mobility ecosystem that is safer, cleaner, and more sustainable,” he added.

ABB is also collaborating with leading automotive manufacturers who are driving the future for EVs. For example, they worked with one of the leading Japanese car manufacturers to install the ABB AC wallboxes at their research center in North Jakarta. They are also deploying the chargers for one of the world’s largest energy companies as these companies start deploying EV chargers in their petrol stations.

He further emphasized that ABB’s charging solution is unique as they can offer a comprehensive set of solutions across the full EV value chain. ABB helps their customers with grid connectivity, power distribution and of course, the chargers and associated digital solutions. This can simplify the project complexity, reduce installation times, and allow our customers to have increased flexibility with their solutions. Furthermore, with round-the-clock remote support, diagnostic and troubleshooting, ABB’s EV charging solution offers the highest reliability and uptime on the market.

EV Potential

Jorge commented that Indonesia is still in the early stages, with only around 120 EVs sold in 2020, but the country is ripe for accelerated adoption and innovation. The government has set targets for EVs to comprise at least 20% of total domestic vehicle sales by 2025.

According to the International Renewable Energy Association, one fifth of vehicles in Southeast Asia will be electric by 2025, and ABB is confident that Indonesia will be one of the countries driving this trend. (ac)

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