A BMW i8 is displayed at an auto show in Jakarta. (JG Photo/Heru Andriyanto)

Indonesia Rules Electric Vehicles Must Emit Noise


JULY 14, 2020

Jakarta. All electric cars operating in Indonesia must be able to generate a noise to make them safer on the roads, according to a new regulation issued by the Transportation Ministry. 

The noise emitting regulation, made public by the ministry on Tuesday, seeks to mitigate the unintended consequence that comes along with the new technology. 


While only a few electric cars can be seen in Indonesia today, the government shared the concern raised by developed countries that a lack of audible warning in electric cars may increase the risk of road accidents.

There have been many suggestions that silent electric vehicles pose a threat especially to pedestrians and cyclists.

"With regard to road safety, electric vehicles falling into the M, N and O categories must be able to emit sound," Article 32 of the Transportation Ministry’s regulation reads.

M category means passenger car and people carrier including buses, while N and O categories refer to cargo truck and van.

The ministry doesn’t specifically rule what kind of the warning sound that should be emitted by -- as it’s known in the European Union -- the acoustic vehicle alerting system (AVAS), but it does limit the noise level to 75 decibels.

The ministry requires that all electric vehicles built prior to the issuance date of the regulation must be in full compliance within four years. 

But new EVs already at the trial stage must be equipped with the sound emitting component within two years, it said.

The regulation has come into force since June 22.