Tesla will build a battery and electric car factory in Indonesia, the investment minister said. While exact details are not available, the start of the project is expected to begin as early as 2022.
Tesla has agreed to invest in Indonesian battery and electric vehicle manufacturing, Indonesian Investment Minister Bahlil Lahadalia said on Thursday, Benar News reported. He did not give details but hinted that the project could start as early as this year. Tesla has agreed to build a plant in an industrial complex in Central Java province following talks in the US over the weekend between President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and CEO Elon Musk, the investment minister said Wednesday. It should be kept in mind that the agreement has not yet been signed.
“God willing, Tesla will enter Indonesia this year,” Bahlil told a discussion in Jakarta.
“But I can't announce the month yet. Let's wait, because we haven't signed an agreement yet. How much investment is still being kept secret, still waiting. But this is good stuff, big stuff,” he said.
Last week, Jokowi met Musk at the SpaceX launch site in Texas. “We’re going to look closely from the Tesla and SpaceX standpoint to try to do some partnerships in Indonesia,” he said. “And, like I said, I think the future of Indonesia is very bright. I think we were looking closely to a potential collaboration on many, many fronts,” Musk added.
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