Revolutionizing Eid al-Fitr Travel: PLN’s Nationwide EV Charging Station Rollout

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Revolutionizing Eid al-Fitr Travel: PLN's Nationwide EV Charging Station Rollout

In a monumental stride towards sustainable travel, PT PLN (Persero), Indonesia’s state electricity firm, has announced the completion of 1,299 public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations stretching from Palembang in South Sumatra to Banyuwangi in East Java. This initiative, aimed at facilitating this year’s Eid al-Fitr homecoming exodus, marks a significant leap in the country’s journey towards an eco-friendly transportation future.

Darmawan Prasodjo, the President Director of PLN, emphasized the transformative nature of this project, noting that electric car users can now find charging stations at every rest area along major toll roads including Palembang-Bakauheni, Merak-Jakarta, Cirebon-Semarang, Solo-Madiun-Surabaya, to Banyuwangi. This development eradicates the previous year’s challenge of locating specific rest areas with charging facilities. With stations spaced every 23 kilometers and electric cars capable of covering up to 300 kilometers on a single charge, PLN assures a smooth and reliable travel experience for EV users.

Enhancing customer support, PLN has bolstered its services with a dedicated 123 call center for EV users encountering any travel difficulties. Additionally, the PLN Mobile application now features EV trip planning tools, ensuring travelers are well-prepared for their journeys. This comprehensive support system is a testament to PLN’s commitment to fostering a seamless and secure travel environment for the Eid exodus.

This year’s Eid al-Fitr, expected to see nearly 193.6 million participants according to the Ministry of Transportation, will witness a remarkable shift in travel dynamics with an estimated 4,000 electric cars, accounting for about 18% of the nation’s total, joining the exodus. This shift not only represents a significant advancement in the adoption of clean energy vehicles but also aligns with Indonesia’s broader environmental objectives.

As Indonesia prepares for a historic Eid al-Fitr celebration, the expanded EV charging network is more than just a logistical achievement; it’s a bold statement of the country’s dedication to sustainability and a cleaner, greener future.

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