Tesla Proposal Received, Indonesia Emphasizes Technology Transfer Aspects

Negotiations with Tesla Inc regarding the investment in an electric vehicle factory in Indonesia are showing progress.Deputy for Investment and Mining Coordination, Septian Hario Seto, said that the proposal for the electric car industry giant from the United States has been sent to the Indonesian side.

“Tesla’s proposal was received yesterday morning, and has been studied internally.However, the contents cannot be disclosed because their party is also very strict, “said Seto during a virtual press conference, Friday (5/2).

According to him, the government will follow up on the proposal and hold a meeting with Tesla next week.Unfortunately, Seto was unable to provide details regarding the content of the proposal and the points of negotiation.

“We can’tdisclose theother details,” he said.

However, he ensured that one of the main points that would be emphasized in the negotiations, Indonesia could not only take on the role of a supplier of raw materials for raw materials.But there must be an agreement that leads to accelerating the technology transfer process.

“We as the nation’s children can learn a lot from here because one of what we are asking for is technology transfer.If they only take raw materials, we are not interested, explained Seto.

In addition to the investment plan for electric vehicles, Tesla is also asked to develop anenergy storage system,aka ESS in Indonesia.This technology is an energy storage system with large power, which is a major component of renewable energy development.

To note, initially the Tesla team was rumored to be visiting Indonesia in January.This was conveyed by Coordinating Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan at the end of 2020. The planned arrival of the Tesla team was postponed to February 2021.

However, the Tesla team’s plans to return to the country in early February were again postponed.This is due to the existence of a policy from the government to prohibit the entry of foreign nationals (WNA) into Indonesia.The purpose of this policy was made to prevent an increase in Covid-19 cases in Indonesia, which recently continued to rise to a total of 1 million cases.