As Bali gears up to host leaders of G20 countries for the forum’s summit this November, an official has announced that the committee has prepared electric cars exclusively for the event.
The G20 Summit will take place in the Nusa Dua tourism complex on Nov. 15-16. Local authorities have indeed been busy, including cleaning up the island’s unsightly landfills.
In line with the forum’s renewable energy drive, electric cars will be procured as official vehicles at the summit.
“All of the cars around the venue will be electric, so other cars will not be allowed in. The committee will provide the cars,” said Usman Kansong, the director of public communications and information of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology.
The government will provide 616 electric vehicles at the complex, designated for G20 delegates and their security details, as well as shuttle buses for journalists.
In addition, 88 electric cars and 94 electric motorbikes will be provided to the police to secure the summit. Some IDR66 billion (US$4.3 million) has been allocated from the 2022 State Budget for the procurement of these vehicles.
Previously, Vice President Ma’ruf Amin said the government could afterwards adopt the electric vehicles for official use or sell them to private companies. Earlier this month, President Joko Widodo issued a presidential instruction for electric vehicles to phase out gas-powered government vehicles.