Benefits of Electric Motorcycle in Improving Personal Sustainable Economy: A View from Indonesia Online Ride-Hailing Rider

Patdono Suwignjo*, Muhammad Nur Yuniarto, Yoga Uta Nugraha, Ayuning Fitri Desanti, Indra Sidharta, Stefanus Eko Wiratno, Triyogi Yuwono

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The energy cost of electric vehicles is reportedly less than its internal combustion engine counterpart due to using technologies to boost efficiency through regenerative braking. Based on this condition, a possibility of its implementation as vehicles in ride-sharing applications is observed. Therefore, this study aims to analyze the benefits of electric vehicle implementation to ride-sharing platforms in Indonesia. An electric motorcycle was used in this study as a vehicle for daily ride-sharing activities. In addition, the rider often used an internal combustion engine motorcycle. The study focused on the economic benefits obtained by the rider through swapping the ICE motorcycle with an electric scooter. Also, it used observation data for two months by utilizing electric motorcycles. Before using this vehicle, a comparison was additionally conducted based on the amount of money received by the rider. Furthermore, potential drawbacks were considered, such as battery charging durations and range of travel per day. The questions in this study included the following, "Are there any compromises that should be conducted by the rider to use the electric motorcycle for ride-hailing purposes?". Therefore, the results obtained in this study are expected to provide answers to these questions. Based on the data comparisons, a rider saved up to 68% of their income by using an electric motorcycle, compared to an ICE vehicle. It was also found to be similarly practical as the ICE counterpart for ride-hailing. Moreover, the electric motorcycle effectively served the customers' requirements as conducted by the ICE vehicle regarding orders and trips traveled. To further enhance the benefits of economic riders, a battery swap station should be readily available to prevent charging for 3-4 hours. By utilizing this station, the personal productivity of the electric motorcycle increased to 100%. Therefore, electric motorcycles successfully met the expected standards by creating substantial unique economic benefits and providing a more environmentally friendly vehicle without any losses. Th study was used as evidence for those interested in adopting the electric motorcycle to improve personal economic benefits. The government also used it to set up momentum to accelerate electric motorcycle adoption in Indonesia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-53
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Electric motorcycles
  • Electric vehicles
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Ride-hailing applications
  • Sustainable economic development


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