Moving Forward in Breaking Down the Air Pollution Polemic in Indonesia

Currently, there is a heated discussion surrounding the deteriorating air quality in DKI Jakarta, Indonesia. According to IQAir data as of September 8 at 05:00 WIB, the US AQI (Air Quality Index) in Jakarta has reached 168, with a concentration of PM2.5 pollutants measuring 89µg/m³. The current PM2.5 concentration in Jakarta is 17.8 times higher than the annual air quality standards set by WHO. The Minister of Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya, has stated that motor vehicles are the top contributors to pollution, accounting for 43% of the total.

Transportation and Vehicle Volume Infographics

The DKI Jakarta provincial government is continuously striving to reduce air pollution levels. One of their efforts involves encouraging the public to use public transportation when traveling. However, data indicates that more than 83% of commuters in Indonesia prefer using private vehicles over public transport. Surveys suggest that public transportation is perceived as having longer travel times and being less convenient. Another initiative by the DKI Jakarta provincial government is urging private vehicle users to undergo vehicle emissions testing and use environmentally friendly fuels.

This raises the question: Can these current efforts effectively reduce air pollution in the long term?

EVSE 2023 exhibition in Shanghai

Qimtronics is committed to being a part of the solution to the air pollution polemic in Indonesia by participating in the EVSE 2023 exhibition in Shanghai. This exhibition serves as a platform for the electric vehicle industry and enthusiasts to share knowledge, stay updated on the latest developments, and engage in discussions about innovative solutions and technological breakthroughs. These topics range from electric mobility itself to charging infrastructure, revolutionary energy storage systems, and other technologies directly related to the advancement of electric vehicles towards a cleaner and more sustainable future.

In this endeavor, Qimtronics is also collaborating with one of the largest electric powertrain manufacturers in China. This collaboration is a step towards supporting the long-term efforts by the government to reduce pollution in Indonesia, specifically the transition from using oil-based vehicles to electric vehicles.

Interestingly, the transition from oil-based vehicles to electric vehicles has the potential to spark its own polemic. Statistical data shows that the growth of motorcycles in Indonesia reaches 5-6 percent annually, with a total of 120 million motorcycle units in the country as of 2023. Purchasing electric motorcycles may impose an economic burden on the public, as well as raise social issues such as potential job displacement, particularly in small and medium-sized mechanic workshops. Additionally, environmental concerns may arise regarding the disposal of no longer used petroleum-based vehicles.

Considering these socio-economic and environmental issues, Qimtronics offers a solution to breaking down the air pollution polemic and the transition to motor vehicles. Instead of individuals purchasing electric vehicles priced between 5 million to 42 million, Qimtronics can refurbish existing motorcycles, making them eco-friendly and cost-effective, with a sustainable aesthetic touch.