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Mitsubishi Motors ties up with Indonesian government on electric vehicle program

Nna/kyodo

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. has kicked off a series of joint studies together with the Indonesian government on the use of electric vehicles to help the country reduce exhaust emissions and develop a greener environment — starting with the donation of 10 electric vehicles.

Speaking at a donation ceremony at the Ministry of Industry in Jakarta last week, Mitsubishi Motors CEO Osamu Masuko said the vehicles will contribute to a series of studies on transport infrastructure that can accommodate electric vehicles. Green cars have yet to attract much attention among the Indonesian public.

“This is an important moment for Mitsubishi Motors, the Indonesian government and the Indonesian people — who stand to benefit from increasing car ownership, a more connected community and a safer, greener environment,” Masuko said. “Mitsubishi Motors wants to contribute directly to Indonesia’s transition to a low-carbon economy era.”

The donated vehicles consist of eight units of the Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid SUV model and two i-MiEVs, with four battery chargers included.

“The studies will assess the use of electric vehicles in various locations in Indonesia. Meanwhile, we will track the energy management potential of electric vehicles, examining the use of the Outlander PHEV and i-MiEV as a storage resource,” Masuko said.

At the ceremony, Indonesian Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto said his ministry’s joint study agreement with the Tokyo-based automaker is one of a number of government programs intended to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from motor vehicles that consume fossil fuel, and thus fight global warming.

“The government is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions 29 percent with international assistance by 2030. This is a major government challenge in regulating industry dynamics while adjusting to a greener environment, and electrification is one of the reference solutions,” Airlangga said.

To encourage the production and use of low-carbon emission vehicles, including EVs, the ministry has proposed that incentives be given to industry participants, such as in the form of reduced import duties.

“We hope this cooperation will be able to realize policies and regulations that support the development of the automotive industry, so that they are able to produce low-carbon vehicles to meet the needs of domestic and global markets,” Airlangga added.