Indonesia Seeks Partnership with Geely to Develop Homegrown EV

The Indonesian government has approached Chinese carmaker Geely to collaborate on the development of a homegrown electric car by 2025 or 2026. Minister Luhut Pandjaitan, responsible for natural resources and investment, stated that Geely has agreed to the proposal.

The partnership would involve Geely establishing a manufacturing presence in Indonesia, under an Indonesian brand, and conducting research and development within the country. This collaboration is part of Indonesia’s broader strategy to attract electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers and leverage its abundant supply of nickel, a crucial component of EV batteries.

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The Indonesian government has been actively courting investment from global automakers to establish production facilities in the country. Indonesia’s offer to Geely not only includes the supply of nickel ore for battery production but also emphasizes the importance of conducting research and development within the country. By establishing a homegrown electric car, Indonesia aims to gain technological expertise and promote its automotive industry.

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This proposed partnership with Geely marks a significant step in Indonesia’s ambitious plans to become a major player in the EV market. Collaborations with established manufacturers like Geely can accelerate the transfer of knowledge and technology, ultimately helping Indonesia realize its vision of producing electric vehicles locally.

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Last month, Southeast Asia’s largest economy also saw investment commitments in EV production by China’s Hozon New Energy Automobile. Furthermore, Vietnamese EV automaker VinFast said it plans to invest around $1.2 billion in Indonesia in the long term, including for a plant that is targeted to start production in 2026.

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