Promising Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) Conversion and Its Challenge

Surabaya, 14 January 2022 – Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) is touted as one of the biggest carbon emission polluters with 58%, according to McKinsey Report (2020). Some initiatives emerged for solving those issue, from accelerating Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) to ICE conversion. The Ministry of Mineral and Energy Resources (MEMR) in collaboration with The Ministry of Transportation have set a target for releasing 13 million BEV in Indonesian roads through National Energy Strategy Roadmap (GSEN).

One of the promising strategies for achieving that target is by ICE conversion. It is expected, by 2030, there will be 1.3 million two wheels ICE to BEV conversion. On the other side, until this article was written, Indonesia only has four certified conversion workshops for conducting the conversion. PT Braja Elektrik Motor Surabaya, R&D of MEMR Bogor, PT Spora Teknika Indonesia Jakarta, and Elders Garage Jakarta. The National Battery Research Institute (NBRI) visited PT Braja Elektrik Motor Surabaya on Friday, January 14, 2022.

PT Braja Elektrik Motor is the first Indonesian ICE to BEV conversion workshop certified by the Ministry of Transportation. The certification is based on the Minister of Transportation Regulation Number 65/2020. Located in Keputih, Surabaya, PT Braja Elektrik Motor has successfully converted various types of ICE vehicles. From motorcycle, car, truck, to ship. This start-up also covers battery charging station (SPBKLU) project. CEO of PT Braja Elektrik Motor, Yoga Uta Nugraha, claimed that the conversion effect is totally positive for giving the benefit both customer and environment.

However, the supply chain of conversion component (such as BLDC, chip, battery, BMS, etc.) is still becomes a challenge that needs to be fixed. Most of them are still import and take a long time to come. This will affect the conversion activity. Hence, they hope to local product for boosting the conversion progress. The NBRI has learned the key challenges from the doer to open the future collaboration.

Date : 14 January 2022
Written by : NBRI
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