Jakarta, 12 May 2023 – A researcher from Jenderal Soedirman University (Unsoed) of Purwokerto Ropiudin considered the commitment of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to developing an Electric Vehicle/EV ecosystem a very wise move.
"ASEAN's agreement to build an electric vehicle ecosystem is a positive step that must be applauded," Ropiudin said Friday (12 May) from Jakarta
He stated that the development of the EV ecosystem in the ASEAN region is essential and useful in an effort to jointly protect the environment and reduce air pollution.
The senior researcher at the Unsoed thermal system engineering and renewable energy laboratory added that electric vehicles that use electrical energy produced from renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, or biomass power, can reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.
However, the Chairperson of the Nahada Lecturer Alliance (ADN) Central Java-DIY Research added that the development of the electric vehicle ecosystem faces a number of obstacles, including the price of electric vehicles, which is still higher than that of conventional vehicles, and the need to improve battery charging infrastructure.
"Efforts must be made to increase the accessibility and affordability of electric vehicles and to expand the infrastructure for battery charging," he said.
Additionally, Ropiudin stated that the transportation industry is one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. In order to accomplish the target of reducing global emissions, steps must be taken to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles.
He stated, however, that this must be regarded holistically and consideration must be given to the availability and sustainability of energy resources used to generate electricity.
At the conclusion of the 42nd ASEAN Summit 2023, Indonesian President Joko Widodo stated that enhancing economic cooperation was one of the three main points of the agreement. He added that ASEAN agreed to establish an electric car ecosystem and become a vital part of the global supply chain; therefore, downstream industries play a critical role.
The second agreement is the protection of migrant workers and victims of human trafficking. Third, ASEAN has declared unanimously that violation of humanitarian values cannot be tolerated. The Five-point Consensus mandates that ASEAN must engage with all stakeholders. Inclusivity must also be firmly held by ASEAN. (Wuryanti Antara/TR/Elvira/SC/PPR)
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Photo caption: Hundreds of Electronic Vehicle/EV units are deployed for the mobility of delegates of the 42nd ASEAN Summit 2023, which takes place from 9 to 11 May 2023 in Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT). Photo: Agus Siswanto/InfoPublik