Tokyo: PT Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indonesia (TMMIN) is ready to start battery electric vehicle (BEV) production at its factory in Karawang, West Java.
"It is a global trend. If we do not join it, we will not be able to export," TMMIN president director Warih Andang Tjahjono stated here on Monday, October 28, 2019.
Nevertheless, its type had yet to be made public.
Acccording to him, a change in the production line is required, based on several component changes, particularly for the powertrain.
"Some 60 percent must be changed, especially since its battery, powertrain also changes," he said on the sidelines of the Tokyo Motor Show held in Odaiba, Japan, on October 24-November 4, 2019.
TMMIN Director of Administration, Corporation, and External Relations Bob Azam noted that the company will train its workers for the production of electric vehicles.
"Hence, special skills will be involved to produce electric vehicles since it is different from ICE (internal combustion engine) cars," he remarked.
TMMIN is committed to supporting the government's target for the share of electric vehicle output to reach 20 percent of Indonesia's total car production by 2025.
"We will participate in it," he stated without furnishing in detail the number.
Until now, TMMMIN is attempting to produce hybrid vehicles in Indonesia, as a bridge for the production of full battery electric vehicles.
In August, the government issued Presidential Regulation No. 55 of 2019 on the Acceleration of Battery Electric Vehicle Program for Road Transportation. Development of the domestic electric vehicle industry will be expedited in accordance with the regulation. Furthermore, it encourages incentives, charging station infrastructure development, and special electricity tariffs for battery charging, as well as environmental preservation. (Antara)