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Hyundai to produce electric cars in West Java by 2022

  • Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

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Bandung   /   Tue, November 17, 2020   /  06:23 pm
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As the world’s largest producer of nickel, Indonesia is eyeing a more strategic position in the global supply chain for the development of lithium batteries and, eventually, electric cars.(Shutterstock/buffaloboy)

Carmaker Hyundai Motor Asia-Pacific is planning to start manufacturing electric cars in West Java by 2022, as Indonesia plans to produce batteries for electric vehicles (EVs), the company’s vice president announced on Monday. The company’s vice president and chief operations officer, Lee Kang Hyun, said the EVs would be produced in Hyundai's first manufacturing center in Southeast Asia in Delta Mas, Cikarang, West Java. “With the support of ministries and the local government, the factory’s construction is 65 percent done despite the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said during a press conference at the 2020 West Java Investment Summit in Bandung on Monday. Lee said the factory would start producing cars by the end of next year, with a projected capacity of 150,000 cars by the second half of 2021. The full annual target is 250,000 vehicles. The 77.6-he...