There are experiences in Indonesian media that declare Tesla has agreed to build a battery and EV factory at an industrial complicated in the Central Java province, quoting Bahlil Lahadalia, the nation’s Minister of Investment and head of Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board.
Talks have been occurring for a while now but it surely was reported that Indonesia’s discussions with Tesla to build a factory in the archipelago had fallen by again in March 2022. Talks restarted someday in April, culminating in a meet between Indonesian president Joko Widodo and Tesla CEO Elon Musk at SpaceX’s facility in Texas, the place Musk stated he would go to the nation in November this 12 months.
There has been no official announcement from Tesla on an Indonesian funding to this point. Indonesian Minister Lahadalia didn’t give any specifics both, solely saying Tesla will enter Indonesia this 12 months.
The solely ASEAN nation with an official Tesla retail presence to this point is Singapore. No phrase on a Malaysian retail presence, however there may be an intention to discover starting with supercharger sites, presumably to help Singaporean Tesla automobiles driving on Malaysian roads.
An Indonesian Tesla battery factory is probably going, even when an Indonesian Tesla automobile factory isn’t a certain factor at this level. Tesla needs a nickel provide, and Indonesia is wealthy in the useful resource however has banned uncooked nickel exports to encourage processing inside the nation. So if Tesla needs the nickel, it might probably have it provided that makes use of it to build a last product inside Indonesia.
Of course, if a battery factory is already in Indonesia, it will increase the chance of a regional automobile factory in the nation as properly since it might make for a extra tightly built-in provide chain.
Malaysia can also be in courting Tesla to arrange a facility right here, with Prime Minister Ismail Sabri extending an official invitation earlier this month, however from a layperson’s perspective it definitely seems like Indonesia is forward of the sport when it comes to being the positioning for a regional factory.