has appointed state-owned arms manufacturer PT Pindad to produce electric
motors for the national electric car project as the firm already had the
capabilities, State-Owned Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan said Friday.
Pindad would produce one of the four planned electric car models projected by
“We expect to
start production next year,” he said.
He said of the
four models, the smallest one, in the class of Honda Jazz compact hatchback,
would be produced by state-owned enterprises.
“The larger ones
will be produced by private sectors. They are capable of doing it,” he said.
director Adik Avianto said his company had been producing electric traction
motors for trains.
“We have been
producing electric motors for trains in the past 15 years. Now we are about to transfer
the technology from what we have been doing to those for electric cars,” he
He added that
the electric traction motors for trains were larger than those for electric
Adik also said
Pindad had acquired technical assistace from a Japanese consultant having
experience in producing electric traction motors.
communicating intensely with the Japanese consultant. We need to find out how
big the car will be, what equipments are needed because the requirements are
different than those for larger train,” he said.
“Once we produce
the traction motors then Indonesia
will have electric cars with local components.”
He said the
traction motors being developed were for public transportation and buses while
for the electric car had yet to be finalized because the requirements were
still kept changing.
“We have been
entering the business [producing traction motors] for electric cars just in the
past one month.”
Dahlan said he
had also requested state-owned train builder PT Inka to finalize its own team
to support the production of electric traction motors in the next two years.