INDONESIA’S Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy supports the use of environmentally friendly cars in the Nusa Dua area, Bali.

According to the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno, at the launch of the EV (Electronic Vehicles) Smart Mobility Project on Peninsula Island, the ITDC (Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation) area of ​​Nusa Dua, Bali, recently said this project was in harmony with ecotourism development that prioritized environmental sustainability.

“Tourism Minsitry really supports the operation of EV Smart Mobility in Nusa Dua because in addition to being environmentally friendly, it also makes tourists able to drive in ecotourism areas more easily,” Sandiaga said.

Sandiaga explained that the project was part of an effort to support the improvement of the ecotourism ecosystem. Thus, the public and tourists are increasingly familiar with and familiar with electrified vehicle technology that utilizes the Full Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV). Ecotourism is one of the current tourism trends during the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only that, personal mobility is also an option for tourists to use transportation when traveling to each destination.

“The development of a battery-based electric vehicle ecosystem reminds us of the paradox of dependence on fossil energy which tends to be environmentally unfriendly. I hope that the EV Smart Mobility project, which is a collaboration between PT TAM and ITDC, can encourage the concept of nature and culture-based tourism,” he noted.

He explained that this project is very much in line with our work with the Bali Provincial Government, and in line with our tourism, which in the future emphasizes environmental sustainability and environmentally friendly tourism areas.

Sandiaga even had time to try out the three types of electric and environmentally friendly cars from Toyota to get around the ITDC Nusa Dua area. The three are the Toyota COMS (BEV), Toyota C + pod (BEV), and the Toyota Prius PHEV.

“Sustainable and quality tourism are our focus in the future, and I appreciate Toyota (PT Toyota Astra Motor), the Bali Provincial Government, and the Ministry of Industry to ensure that in the future sustainability, green economy and environmental sustainability are our focus,” Sandiaga added.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Industry, Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita, said that this project is expected to improve Indonesia’s trade balance by reducing the use of fossil fuels.

“In addition, this project is also expected to increase the confidence of tourists to visit Indonesia by campaigning that Indonesia is an environmentally friendly country. So, tourists will feel comfortable having a vacation in Indonesia,” Agus stated.

The EV Smart Mobility project provides three types of Toyota’s three types of electric and environmentally friendly cars, totaling 30 units. Namely, 20 units of Toyota COMS (BEV), five units of Toyota C + pod (BEV), and five units of Toyota Prius PHEV. For Toyota COMS and C + pod cars, it can be used by the public and tourists in the area of ​​The Nusa Dua Bali and its surroundings. Meanwhile, for the Toyota Prius, it is used as an airport transfer service to and from the Ngurah Rai Airport area as well as a vehicle for mobility in the Bali region.

Tourists who are interested in trying out these cars can visit the Charging Station in front of the central parking area of ​​The Nusa Dua (in front of the Bali Collection) or the station at the entrance to Peninsula Island, The Nusa Dua. In addition, EV Smart Mobility can also be accessed digitally through the mTOYOTA and TRAC To Go applications.

Toyota has also equipped the Toyota C + pod and Toyota Prius with the Digital Key feature. So, tourists can do all access digitally starting from bookings, payments, to access such as opening and locking car doors and starting the car using only a smartphone. []