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Menurut laporan media, ekosistem kenderaan elektrik (EV) di Indonesia semakin berkembang pesat dengan sokongan daripada 48 syarikat motosikal elektrik yang mempunyai kapasiti pengeluaran tahunan sebanyak 1.43 juta unit, menurut Menteri Perindustrian Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita.

Kartasasmita menyatakan bahawa kementeriannya komited untuk mempercepat pembangunan ekosistem EV melalui penilaian dan penemuan inovatif. Beliau menekankan bahawa inisiatif ini sejajar dengan komitmen kerajaan dalam mengurangkan emisi hijau. Menteri tersebut membuat kenyataan ini semasa pelancaran Indonesia Motorcycle Show (IMOS+) di ICE BSD, Tangerang.

Pada September 2023, data pendaftaran kenderaan elektrik berasaskan bateri (KBLBB) di Indonesia menunjukkan bahawa sebanyak 66,978 motosikal elektrik telah didaftarkan. Kartasasmita mencatat bahawa kerajaan sedang mengambil langkah untuk merangsang penggunaan KBLBB dua roda. Ini termasuk memberikan bantuan kewangan.

Berdasarkan Peraturan Menteri Perindustrian Nombor 6 tahun 2023, bersama dengan Nombor 21 tahun 2023, kerajaan menawarkan diskaun sebanyak Rp7 juta untuk setiap pembelian unit KBLBB dua roda dengan tahap komponen tempatan (TKDN) sekurang-kurangnya 40 peratus. Bantuan ini boleh diakses oleh warganegara Indonesia yang berumur sekurang-kurangnya 17 tahun dan mempunyai nombor pengenalan.

Kartasasmita juga mengungkapkan bahawa sebanyak 16 syarikat industri KBLBB dua roda telah mendaftar sebagai peserta program, dengan 38 model yang tersedia di platform pengedaran program bantuan. Hingga Oktober 20, lebih daripada 7,500 individu telah memanfaatkan insentif ini. Menteri berharap sokongan ini akan merangsang lebih ramai orang untuk merangkul ekosistem KBLBB dua roda, selaras dengan komitmen negara untuk mengurangkan emisi karbon.

Dalam tempoh Januari hingga September 2023, Indonesia telah menjual sebanyak 4.7 juta kenderaan beroda dua domestik, dengan 428 ribu unit dieksport (CBU). Ini merupakan peningkatan yang signifikan berbanding dengan tempoh yang sama pada tahun 2022 di mana jualan domestik mencapai 3.6 juta unit dan 568 ribu unit dieksport. Secara keseluruhannya, Indonesia menjual 5.2 juta unit domestik pada tahun 2022, dengan eksport mencapai 643 ribu unit.

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Kartasasmita menekankan bahawa sasaran jualan domestik untuk motosikal pada tahun 2023 adalah sebanyak 6.1 juta unit. Walaupun daya beli pasaran global yang lemah, kerajaan dengan aktif mendorong eksport untuk mencapai atau melebihi angka tahun 2022. Pasaran eksport yang berkembang akan menunjukkan sumbangan sektor automotif kepada imbangan perdagangan Indonesia.

Dalam ucapannya, Kartasasmita juga menekankan pentingnya penglibatan dan pendidikan kepada orang awam mengenai motosikal elektrik. Inisiatif seperti IMOS+ memainkan peranan penting dalam meningkatkan kesedaran dan mendidik orang awam tentang kelebihan kenderaan elektrik. Selain itu, industri pengangkutan merangkumi pelbagai sub-sektor penyokong termasuk tayar, kaca, bateri, bateri elektrik, topi keledar, dan pakaian. Sub-sektor ini mempunyai potensi untuk meningkatkan nilai tambah kepada Keluaran Dalam Negara Kasar (KDNK) Indonesia.

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Secara kesimpulannya, Indonesia komited untuk menggalakkan ekosistem kenderaan elektriknya, mendorong penggunaan motosikal elektrik, dan memajukan industri berkaitan untuk memberi sumbangan positif kepada pertumbuhan ekonomi negara dan kelestarian alam sekitar.

In a bid to further advance the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in Malaysia, the Ministry of Investment, Trade, and Industry (Miti) has presented a proposal for an incentive targeted at promoting electric motorcycles within the B40 income group as part of the Budget 2024 deliberations.

The Deputy Secretary-General (Industry) of Miti, Hanafi Sakri, expressed his optimism about the proposal’s alignment with Malaysia’s overarching goal of bolstering the EV industry. Speaking at the International Electric Mobility Showcase (IEMS) 2023, Hanafi emphasized the importance of support from the finance ministry for the development of the EV sector.

“We hope for a positive response and that the finance ministry will support the development of the EV industry,” Hanafi stated during his remarks at IEMS.

He further highlighted the government’s dedication to enhancing the EV industry over the past two years by introducing a series of incentives aimed at stimulating both the demand and supply facets of the market.

As part of Malaysia’s broader efforts in the EV space, the nation has set a target of establishing 10,000 EV charging stations across the country by 2025. This infrastructure is set to consist of 9,000 slow-charging AC (alternating current) stations and 1,000 DC (direct current) stations. In line with this ambitious goal, the government anticipates the rollout of between 3,000 and 4,000 charging stations within the current year.

During a panel discussion at IEMS, Yusri Yusuf, the Senior Director of Corporate Strategy and Risk Management at Proton, provided insights into the company’s deliberate steps toward embracing EV technology. He highlighted the significance of three key factors for successful industrialization in the EV sector: policies, technological advancements, and consumer behavior.

“We recognize that three main factors are crucial for successful industrialization; policies, technological advancements, and consumer behavior,” Yusri stated. “Collaborating closely with a dependable technology partner is essential for these elements, and that’s our current focus.”

Wong Shi How, Executive Vice-President of Strategic Management and Corporate Affairs at Rapid Bus, contributed to the discussion by shedding light on the economic aspects of electric buses. While acknowledging that electric buses may have a higher initial purchase cost compared to their diesel counterparts, he emphasized the importance of considering the long-term value they offer.

“Prasarana uses the total cost of ownership (TCO) analysis, which looks beyond just the purchase price and into long-term costs like maintenance, repairs, and daily operations,” Wong explained. “Over time, EV buses are more cost-effective, with savings of roughly 30% in operational areas. Additionally, electricity, as fuel, has proven to be cheaper than diesel.”

These developments signify Malaysia’s commitment to fostering a robust and sustainable EV industry while addressing the specific needs and interests of various income groups, ultimately promoting the nation’s transition to cleaner and more eco-friendly transportation options.

In the ever-evolving landscape of urban mobility, electric motorcycles and scooters continue to redefine the way we traverse city streets.

  • the OAO Pro offers a good range of 170 kilometers per charge. 
  • powering the OAO Pro is a mid-mounted electric motor capable of producing a nominal output of 5kW and a peak output of 10kW. 

One standout contender is the QJMotor all-new electric motorcycle the OAO Pro. Previously known as the QJ Motor RX, this electric sportbike has undergone a transformation since its debut at EICMA 2022. 

Renamed and refined, the OAO Pro now boasts a remarkable range of 170km per charge, a significant upgrade from its initial 120 kilometers.

Underneath its sleek exterior, the OAO Pro houses a mid-mounted electric motor with a nominal output of 5k, peaking at 10kW during overtaking manoeuvres. These figures, while modest on paper, translate into an exhilarating and responsive ride experience thanks to its continuous power delivery. A 72-volt, 90-ampere-hour battery pack fuels the motor, benefiting from regenerative braking for efficient charging.

With a top speed of 60 miles per hour, the OAO Pro strikes a balance between urban commuting practicality and sporty dynamics. A manual transmission with four gears preserves the spirited feel of traditional sportbikes, catering to riders seeking an engaging ride.

Weighing in at a nimble 164kg and featuring a low seat height of 780 millimeters, the QJ Motor OAO Pro offers accessibility to riders of varying statures. 

Meanwhile, ABS-equipped brakes and LED lights ensure safety, while an LCD instrument cluster, complete with a convenient USB socket, keeps riders well-informed during their journey.

Kawasaki is on the verge of unveiling its highly anticipated electric streetbikes, the Ninja e-1 and Z e-1 as confirmed by latest homologation filed in Australia. 

  • Last November, at EICMA, the world got a glimpse of what was to come, and now, with the submission of new homologation data in Australia, the official launch is imminent.
  • Pictures of the final production models have emerged from the homologation filings, showcasing the electric duo with the new e-1 branding and regulatory labels, staying true to the essence of the prototypes showcased in Milan.

The Ninja e-1 and the Z e-1 have retained the bodywork of their gas-powered counterparts, the 400 series. 

Interestingly,  the Australian homologation data reveals a net engine power of 9.0 kW (12.1 hp) lower than what was previously mentioned. Dimensionally, both the Z e-1 and Ninja e-1 will feature a wheelbase of 1369mm, mirroring the Z400 and Ninja 400. 

However, The most intriguing aspect, though, is the listed tare weights. According to the documentation, the Z e-1 boasts a certified tare weight of 135kg, while the Ninja e-1 tips the scales slightly heavier at 140kg. 

Whether these weights include the batteries remains unclear. Kawasaki’s initial statement outlined plans for each electric model to incorporate two removable battery packs, weighing around 12 kg each, with a combined capacity of 3.0 kWh. 

While the excitement surrounding the impending release of the Ninja e-1 and Z e-1 continues to grow, Kawasaki has even more electrifying surprises up its sleeve. These electric models are only the first step in Kawasaki’s journey towards alternative fuel products. A hybrid model is slated for release as part of the 2024 model range, offering a glimpse of the brand’s forward-thinking approach. 

In a groundbreaking move to revolutionize the Indian motorcycle market, Hero MotoCorp has unveiled its grand vision for electric mobility by teaming up with California-based electric motorcycle manufacturer, Zero Motorcycles.

  • The partnership, fueled by a substantial USD60 million investment, is set to electrify the industry and drive a monumental shift towards sustainable transportation.
  • The announcement, which first surfaced in September 2022, left enthusiasts speculating about Hero MotoCorp’s intentions.

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With a strong legacy in traditional combustion-powered two-wheelers, Hero ventured into the electric realm earlier in 2022 with the launch of their first electric two-wheeler, the Vida V1, developed in collaboration with Taiwanese electric scooter and tech company, Gogoro.

Now, the veil has been lifted as the Hero MotoCorp Annual Report for 2023 sheds light on the electrifying details of the Zero partnership. The report outlines Hero’s strategic plans to co-develop premium electric motorcycles, utilizing Zero’s expertise to create innovative and high-performance EVs. The collaboration aims to diversify Hero’s EV portfolio, reaching a broader customer base and capitalizing on the global trend towards electric mobility.

Notably, the report emphasizes that this partnership goes beyond just technological exchange. It combines Zero’s cutting-edge powertrain and electric motorcycle development prowess with Hero’s vast scale in manufacturing, sourcing, and marketing, creating a powerful synergy in the realm of sustainable mobility.

For Hero MotoCorp, the alliance with Zero Motorcycles represents a momentous opportunity to spearhead the electric mobility revolution in India. As the largest motorcycle market in the world, India is ripe for transformative change.

Hero MotoCorp envisions bridging the gap between international clean mobility options and Indian consumers by bringing the entire Zero portfolio into the country.

To achieve this, Zero Motorcycles will set up local manufacturing facilities in India, further bolstering the nation’s efforts to promote indigenous electric vehicle production. With Zero’s global reputation for excellence in electric motorcycles, combined with Hero MotoCorp’s extensive experience in manufacturing and distribution, the partnership is poised to accelerate the adoption of electric mobility not just in India but also across global markets.

A recently released report titled ‘Achieving Zero Emissions with More Mobility and Less Mining,’ authored by the Climate + Community Project, has shed light on the hurdles associated with the transition to zero emissions and the detrimental effects of lithium mining on the environment.

  • new study reveals lithium mining has negative impact on the environment. 
  • latest findings explained that brine extraction as one of the most environmentally harmful. 

The study emphasizes that electric vehicles (EVs) have led to a surge in lithium mining activities. Although lithium is not a finite resource, similar to fossil fuels, the report reveals that only approximately 25% of the estimated 88 million tonnes of lithium on Earth is viable for extraction. 

To comprehend the lithium consumption scale, consider that a Tesla Plaid S, equipped with a 100kWh battery pack, utilises around 62kg of lithium, equivalent to 7,920 cylindrical 18650 batteries.

This relentless pursuit of lithium for EVs has been deemed unsustainable, as replacing every internal combustion vehicle with an electric counterpart would necessitate an alarming level of mining, devastating the environment.

Among the various methods of lithium extraction, the report highlights brine extraction as one of the most environmentally harmful. The process involves pumping salt-rich water from the ground into evaporation pools, where lithium gradually accumulates as the water evaporates. 

Unfortunately, this technique leaves behind toxic chemicals that can seep into watercourses, contaminate soil, and even become airborne, posing health risks to local communities.

The Ganzizhou Rongda Lithium mine in Tibet serves as a stark example of the adverse consequences of brine extraction. The mine has been blamed for poisoning the nearby Liqi River, resulting in the death of fish and livestock that rely on its waters.

The study’s findings underline the urgent need to address the environmental implications associated with the lithium mining boom driven by the electric vehicle industry. It calls for sustainable solutions that mitigate the negative impacts of resource extraction while still achieving zero emissions targets.

That said, the motorcycle industry, has the potential to contribute to these efforts by exploring alternative energy sources and reducing reliance on lithium-based technologies.

Zero, the US electric motorcycle manufacturer, has unveiled its latest concept motorcycle, the SR/X, in partnership with designer Huge Machine. 

  • The SR/X is the latest concept machine introduced by Zero in partnership with Huge Machine. 
  • The SR/X features a distinctive design with half-fairing in light grey with red strip. 

The SR/X was created as part of Zero’s “Design the Future Development Program” and is a reimagined version of the Zero SR/S sports bike. The bike features a distinctive design with a half-fairing in light grey with a red strip around the front, and a single wide headlight at the front. At the rear, the tail section appears to ‘float’ above the shock.

While there are not many specifications available yet for the concept bike, Zero says it is powered by their ZF75-10 electric motor and the ZF17.3 lithium-ion battery. 

Bill Webb of Huge Machine said that the SR/X is an attempt to define a new sub-category for high-performance electric motorcycles, which combines clean lines and disciplined design with the aggressive proportions and raw functionality found in more traditional race bikes.

Webb explained, “The team wanted to create a dramatic and low ‘front-heavy’ silhouette with the bodywork that could juxtapose the fully exposed mechanicals towards the back of the bike in an unconventional way. 

“The SR/S chassis/mechanicals that zero designed are impressive to look at and we wanted the raw bike underneath to be part of the final composition.”

Zero and Huge Machine have previously collaborated on the design of the Zero FXE and its concept motorcycle. 

The SR/X is the latest example of their visionary concepts and Zero’s commitment to innovation. The new motorcycle strives to hit a design sweet spot for the near future of electric motorcycles, combining clean lines and disciplined design detailing with the aggressive stance and raw performance feel of modern litre bikes. 

The concept bike aims to bridge the gap between a streetfighter and a track bike, with partial fairings and aero performance, as well as the raw attitude of the street.

Ali Abdo, an adventure rider from Egypt, has set a new Guinness World Record for the world’s longest journey on an electric motorcycle. 

  • The Energica EVA EsseEsse9 is a high performance electric motorcycle. 
  • The EVA EsseEsse9 makes 80kW and 200Nm. 

The 38-year-old travelled 12,749 kilometres across Europe on his trusty and reliable Energica EVA EsseEsse9 for 30 days. 

The journey ran from 10 October through 8 November, which he completed by arriving at the COP27 climate change conference held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. 

During the journey, Abdo’s visited several universities, schools and sports clubs to raise climate change awareness. 

Despite the achievement of setting a new Guinness World Record, spreading the word about climate change was the proudest moment for Abdo and his team. 

Aside from the new record, Abdo also has two more accolades. Firstly, he recorded the most incredible distance ever on an electric motorcycle in 24 hours, which was 919.87 kilometres. Next, he recorded the longest journey by electric bike in a single country. 

Abdo’s next project is to ride from Egypt to the UAE to attend COP28. 

Fantic Motor has launched the company first electric scooter in Europe.

  • The Electric made its debut at the EICMA show in November.
  • The Electric is essentially a beefy version of the Issimo pedal bike. 

Called the Fantic Electric, the scooter is built based on the existing Issimo pedal electric bike but features beefier bodywork. 

Fantic also showcased the electric motorcycle back in November at the 2022 EICMA show.

According to the Italian company, the Electric is equipped with a 4hp motor housed in an aluminium alloy  trellis chassis and can hit a max speed of 65km/h. 

Also, underneath the saddle sits a 12kg battery capable of producing 2.2kWh. 


Meanwhile, stopping power comes from a single 220mm disc at the front and a 180mm disc at the rear.

Unfortunately, Fantic is yet to disclosed the charging time and the max range at the moment. 

India’s electric motorcycle market is on the rise, with the Ola Electric S1 and Ultravioltte F77 making headlines domestically and globally. 

  • Oben is set to challenge the electric motorcycle market with the all-new Rorr electric bike.
  • More than 17,000 bookings were recorded for the Oben Rorr. 

However, the electric segment is about to get bigger with a new startup company called Oben, which is set to introduce the Rorr electric naked bike. 

In its latest press release, Oben announced that the company had achieved its USD4 million target in the most recent pre-series funding, followed by securing a total of 17,000 bookings for the Rorr electric motorcycle.

According to the company, the Oben Rorr will roll out in the first quarter of 2023 with a basic selling price of INR99,999 (RM5.3k). 

Mechanically, the Oben Rorr is a beginner’s friendly motorcycle that features a 10-kilowatt electric motor that produces 72Nm of instantaneous torque. 

Oben claimed that the Rorr has a max speed of 100km/h and a return range of up to 200km on a single charge. Meanwhile, the 4.4kW battery pack can be fully charged in just two hours via a fast charger. 

Electric motorcycle manufacturer Energica Motors is set to enter the Indian market to expand its brand exposure whilst reaching for a bigger audience.

  • Energica to enter India by 2024 with a wide range of electric motorcycles.
  • Energica Motor will establish a partnership with an existing India-based motorcycle firm soon. 

Although the Italian firm is still considered small compared to larger and established two-wheel companies, penetrating the Indian motorcycle market within the next two years is the most likely option to compete with more prominent players.

Considering India is the single most significant motorcycle market globally, seeking growth in the region makes sense for Energica.

That said, Energica Motor CEO Livia Cevolini admitted that it is essential for the company to seek the right partner and get the timing right.

According to reports, Cevolini already spoke to multiple potential Indian partners.

“We have a couple of very big manufacturers (from India) interested in working with us and we have also some other requirements for our own brands from importers. 

“India is a very is huge it’s the biggest market so we want to be ready for that. We don’t want to rush and make mistakes, so we are taking our time to be sure that we are entering the market the right way and also have the right partners.

“You cannot go to a market like that (India) alone, if you are not from there. 

“You need to have the right partner to be to have bigger shoulders and the good thing is that it seems that we like each other because we have many contacts in India and it is a really exciting partnership,” reveals Cevolini.

However, the biggest hurdle Energica needs to overcome is trying to sell high-performance and premium-priced electric motorcycle to a market that focuses on entry-level and smaller displacement two-wheelers.

Indonesia is a country of two-wheelers with more than 130 million registered motorcycle owners.

  • There are 35 electric motorcycle companies in Indonesia thus far.
  • Indonesia currently has more than 130 million registered motorcycle owners. 

The growing number of motorcycles in the country has prompted the Indonesian government to focus on the two-wheeled sector as the pivotal starting point for reducing the country’s emissions.

Indonesian Transport Minister Budy Karya Sumadi showered his support for the initiative during the Federal Group Discussion in Jakarta on Tuesday.

“There are around 133 million users of motorcycles in Indonesia. There are now 5 million requests a year. There were even 10 million requests before the pandemic.

“So, the market is huge, and this can be a game changer that can accelerate this transition,” he said. 

Meanwhile, Presidential Special Staff Diaz Hendropriyono hopes that due to the large number of electric motorcycle companies in the country, Indonesia could reach the target of 2 million electric bikes by 2025.

“There are 35 electric motorcycle companies compared to three car companies.

“The price is also more competitive. 

“This means that we can encourage the adoption of electric motorbikes to meet the President’s target of 2 million electric motorbikes by 2025,” he said.


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