INDEF Research: 58.6 percent perception of net citizen subsidies for electric vehicles benefits only a few parties

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AMPONTOONS.COM reporter, Nitis Hawaroh

AMPONTOONS.COM, JAKARTA – INDEF Continuum data analyst Wahyu Tri Utomo said 58.6% of internet users believe the government subsidy for battery motor electric vehicles (KLBB) has benefited only a handful of parties.

“As many as 58.6 percent of netizens think that subsidies only benefit a handful of parties. Netizens think that subsidies should target many people’s lives,” Wahyu Tri Utomo said in a discussion on “Subsidies for electric cars: incentives for those you can buy?” which was held virtually, Sunday (21/5/2023).

“In this case, it is believed that the buyer does not need subsidies. Netizens suspect that this subsidy only benefits businessmen and officials,” he continued.

According to Wahyu, the results of the analysis of the social media Twitter found that 60% of netizens believed that the subsidies for electric vehicles were not targeted.

“Of the 80 percent who have previously criticized, 60 percent said their criticism or rejection was based on an assessment that this subsidy appeared to be off target. This subsidy benefits only one party,” he explained.

Wahyu added that subsidies for the purchase of electric vehicles as a net-zero emissions program are considered incomplete, because he said battery use still uses carbon which causes emissions.

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Furthermore, Wahyu said, without KLBB’s subsidy policy, the EV market is still in high demand.

“Other wastes are also based on zero emissions, but the battery is carbon. Where there are emissions too, so it’s the same,” he explained.

Earlier, Wahyu pointed out that as many as 80% of people on the internet said they disagreed with providing subsidies for electric vehicles.

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This follows a government policy of providing an incentive amount for battery electric motor vehicles (KLBB), especially electric motorcycles, of IDR 7 million.

“We found that 80% of people on the internet disagree with the subsidization of EVs. Or they criticize the policy. Why, why does one of them think EV electric car buyers are not the ones who need to subsidies,” Wahyu said.

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According to Wahyu, based on the analysis he found, the community’s response actually assumed that subsidizing EVs was only for the upper class.

“This can be based on the assumption that in terms of price, electric cars are also relatively expensive. So it is also certain that the lower middle class will not buy this car, they will not be able to buy an electric car,” he said . he said.

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So, Wahyu said, providing subsidies for electric vehicles was considered inappropriate. In fact, he said, quite a few people or Internet users have wondered who the subsidies were going to.

“So it is believed that this is the possibility of buying, make sure it is for the upper middle class. Because the subsidy given is not quite right. So people criticize it,” he explained.

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