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Two-Wheelers Come First in Indonesia’s Electric Vehicle Strategy

  • Some 50,000 battery packs for motorcycles to be made in 2023
  • Indonesia seeking to use local minerals to produce batteries
Motorists wait in traffic in Pancoran, South Jakarta, Indonesia.

Motorists wait in traffic in Pancoran, South Jakarta, Indonesia.

Photographer: Muhammad Fadli/Bloomberg

Indonesia’s state-owned electric vehicle company is focusing on the more than 115 million motorcycles roaming the country’s roads as it presses ahead with efforts to reduce emissions.

To get started, Indonesia Battery Corporation plans to produce 50,000 battery packs for two-wheelers next year, President Director Toto Nugroho said in an interview on the sidelines of the BloombergNEF Summit on Saturday. The prototype already has safety accreditations and output is ready to begin.