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Indonesia: PLN Building Recharging Stations for Electric Cars

State-Owned Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan test drives the Tucuxi, an Indonesian-made electric car, in Jakarta in this Dec. 23, 2012 file photo. The car, though, crashed during another test drive by the minister, who was unscathed, in January. (JG Photo/Afriadi Hikmal)

State-owned electricity firm Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) on Monday said it had built two recharging stations for electric cars, and was set to build more in order to support the development of electric cars in the country.

PLN said the first two recharging stations were built in Yogyakarta to support the operation of electric minibus Hevina, which was developed by the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) and launched on Monday.

“We built one in Taman Pintar and another one in Yogyakarta’s Giwangan [bus] Terminal,” the head of PLN’s Research and Development Center, Saftri Falani, said on the sidelines of the bus launch.

She added that PLN had also developed electric car prototypes to test the recharging stations.

“PLN doesn’t want to develop electric cars, though. We don’t intend to sell cars. Our business is in the recharging stations,” Saftri told Indonesian news portal republika.co.id.
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