Maritime Coordinating Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said he had a dream that Indonesia could export electric cars to several countries in the next few years.
The future cars will come from integrated new industrial estates in Bekasi, Karawang, and Purwakarta. While the export lines can be through Patimban and Kertajati.
“Karawang, Bekasi, Purwakarta, there is Patimban, Kertajati is a car factory here. From there we will export to Australia because we already have an FTA (free trade agreement),” Luhut said in his office, Jakarta, Monday (1/14).
As is known, Indonesia is intensifying the lithium battery raw material project which is one of the important components of domestic electric vehicles.
While the lithium battery raw material factory itself will be built in the Indonesia Morowali Industrial Park (IMIP), Central Sulawesi. The lithium battery factory will be built in the next 16 months and will operate in mid-2020.
Luhut said, the development of electric cars will be carried out in the next 4-5 years. Hyundai from South Korea, he said, would negotiate with Indonesia to discuss it later this month.
“So we hope to export there. So Indonesia will become a global player. This is very strategic. I don’t imagine we are making technological leaps into global players in electric cars,” he explained.
While about the development of electric motors, Luhut hopes that next year or even this year it will be able to run with local battery components.