No new internal combustion motorcycles by 2050

Southeast Asia’s largest market for motorcycles, Indonesia, has recently laid out a plan to outlaw the sale of new internal combustion engine (ICE) motorcycles by 2050. That means motorcycle showrooms across the country will only offer electric-powered motorcycles from that year forward.

It's a bold step for Indonesia, being the largest market for motorcycles in Southeast Asia. Its car industry will follow, becoming fully compliant by 2050. The shift from ICE to electric only will not only affect their market but possibly ours as well. After all, many locally available scooters are sourced from Indonesia.

Naturally, the government will also give certain incentives to those who shift to EVs.

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“We don't have any policy to stop [the usage] of internal combustion engine, just the utilization of electric vehicles [EV], with incentives,” said the director-general of Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation (NREEC), Dadan Kusdiana.

The new policy didn't specify though if the companies that manufacture motorcycles for export in Indonesia would also be required to make EVs only.

Indonesia has sold 6.47-million motorcycles in 2019 and has more than 112-million motorcycles on its busy streets. By comparison, the Philippines only sold 1.7-million motorcycles in that same year and has 18-million motorcycles currently registered.

Gojek — which is Indonesia’s largest ride-hailing app — has also committed to making all the motorcycles and cars of partner riders on its platform go electric by 2030, or 10 years earlier than the government’s mandate.

Indonesia's move to ban the sale of internal combustion engine vehicles echoes the sentiments of countries like the UK and India, which have enacted similar bans on the sale of ICE motorcycles.

With Indonesia so close to the Philippines, both geographically and culturally, do you think that our country should also make a stand on adopting electric vehicles?