Indonesia president signs new EV decree to bolster industry
JAKARTA, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on Thursday he signed a decree that lays out government support to build an electric vehicle (EV) industry in Southeast Asia's largest economy, the Cabinet Secretariat said in a statement.
Widodo did not elaborate, but a draft of the decree reviewed by Reuters ahead of the signing showed it contained a series of incentives to boost production and purchase of EVs. Widodo said in the statement that the key to the EV industry is in the construction of the batteries they run on and the "raw materials to make a battery: cobalt, manganese and others, we have in this country."
Resource-rich Indonesia has been seeking to carve out a
downstream industry based on its supplies of nickel laterite
ore, which is used in lithium batteries.
"The business strategy can be designed in this country so
that we can get ahead of others in building an inexpensive
electric car industry, which is competitive because the raw
materials are here," he said on the sideline of an event at the
headquarters of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations,
according to the statement.
Widodo warned that building such an industry would take
longer than "a year or two", because it must also create a new
The draft regulation seen by Reuters gives automakers
reductions in import tariffs for machinery and materials and
lower luxury taxes for buyers, among other things.
Widodo on Thursday also suggested that city administrations
across the country could provide more incentives, such as free
parking or free administrative fees, to further support adoption
of EVs by private consumers and public transportation firms.
Indonesia aims to become an EV hub for Asia and beyond with
a target to start EV production in 2022 and for the share of EV
output to reach 20% of total car production by 2025. Indonesian authorities said Toyota Motor Corp ,
which has the biggest market share in the domestic car market,
and Hyundai Motor would invest $2 billion and $880
million in the country, respectively, to develop EVs over the
next few years.
(Reporting by Gayatri Suroyo Editing by Ed Davies and Christian Schmollinger)