Electric Car Factory in India – The government does not really mind the plans of the electric car manufacturer from the United States, Tesla Inc. who will build a factory in India. Special Staff to Minister of BUMN Erick Thohir, Arya Sinulingga, said that the investment plan of the company owned by Elon Musk in India is to build an electric car factory.
Meanwhile, the Indonesian government’s approach with Tesla has not been for a car factory investment plan. The exploration carried out with Tesla, according to Arya, was related to investments in the field of electric vehicle batteries or energy storage systems (ESS).
So, when yesterday Tesla said it was going to India, yes, we didn’t feel cheated. Because we don’t want to build an electric car factory. Meanwhile, the Chairman of the EV Battery Development Acceleration Working Team, Agus Tjahjana, said that an exploration between Indonesia and Tesla was being carried out with the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment.
His party has stated its readiness to provide the needs that Tesla needs for the plan to build a factory in Indonesia. The companies that are members of the Indonesia Holding Battery (IHB), namely PT Antam Tbk., PT PLN (Persero), and PT Pertamina (Persero) have declared their readiness.
We provide the land if needed by PT Antam. If not, that’s okay. So, for example, if you want Pertamina to be ready, PLN is also ready. “We are in a position to wait more but these two have gotten into a more serious one.
Previously, the Indian government was trying to lobby Tesla to set up an electric car factory in the country. This lobby was followed by incentives that claimed to make the company’s production costs cheaper than in China.
Indian Minister of Road and Highway Transport Nitin Gadkari said that the effort was aimed at getting Tesla to produce its vehicles in India because according to a report received by the Indian government, Tesla only planned to import vehicles into the country. The government will ensure Tesla’s production costs are lowest when compared to the world, even China when they start producing cars in India. We’ll make sure.
Tesla in its previous report plans to bring the most affordable Model 3 sedan to the Indian market by mid-2021. The report also indicates that Tesla plans to import vehicles and sell them through a direct sales strategy.