Several business sectors are ambitious enough to push the penetration of electric vehicles on the Bali market. One of them is PT Blue Bird Tbk., which operates an electric taxi unit in Bali at a rate that is not much different from conventional vehicle types.
At a rate of IDR 7.500 per kilometer, Blue Bird’s electric taxi makes an average of four to five trips a day. General Manager of Blue Bird for the Bali and Lombok area, I Putu Gede Panca Wiadnyana, said that the inadequate provision of public electric vehicle charging stations (SPKLU) in Bali is not a barrier to the operation of electric taxis.
Blue Bird, which is still testing electric taxis, still uses its charging station facility. On a full charge, the taxi can cover a distance of 350 kilometers to 400 kilometers.
“It is not used around Bali [electricity], especially if it is only used in southern Bali,” he told Bisnis, Wednesday (20/5/2021). Even though Bali is currently in a bad economic condition, Blue Bird claims the public’s euphoria towards electric vehicles is quite high. The proof is that many orders come to order electric taxis.
According to him, people who are starting to understand clean energy switch to environmentally friendly vehicles, one of which is an electric taxi. Moreover, with prices that are still relatively comfortable, electric taxis are considered very attractive to passengers.
Slowly, but surely, Blue Bird plans to increase its fleet of electric taxis. Later, the additional fleet procurement will be carried out gradually from June to July 2021. Blue Bird targets to operate 50 electric taxi fleets in Bali.
“We will see June-July, we will add it, only how much we will see the response of the community, the target is, we want to reach 50,” he said.
photo of the electric BlueBird taxi by The Jakarta Post/Seto Wardhana