Where Is Elon Musk’s Tesla Planning To Build Lithium Battery Raw Material Factory? It's in Indonesia

Where Is Elon Musk’s Tesla Planning To Build Lithium Battery Raw Material Factory? It's in Indonesia

A recent report from one of Indonesia’s oldest news agencies has stated that American electric car maker Tesla is looking to build a lithium battery raw material factory in the Morowali Industrial Park (IMIP) area, located in the Central Sulawesi province, Indonesia.

The update comes amidst the recent comments of Maritime Affairs Coordinating Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, who named Tesla as one of the companies that are reportedly looking to build battery facilities in the region. Speaking at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta on Tuesday, Pandjaitan mentioned that Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) and LG would also be operating their own facilities in the Morowali area.

Provided that the facility does break ground, Tesla’s lithium battery raw material factory in Indonesia will reportedly be aiming for completion in around three years.

While Tesla is yet to announce or confirm the reports from the Indonesian media outlet, the country’s government is already preparing to welcome the arrival of the massive battery companies, including the Silicon Valley-based electric car maker. 

Tesla has expressed its intention to develop and produce its own battery cells. During the 2019 Annual Shareholder Meeting, Tesla CTO JB Straubel and VP for Technology Drew Baglino, together with CEO Elon Musk, spoke about the company’s need to secure large-scale battery cell production. Musk even commented that Tesla could end up in the mining business to acquire the necessary materials for its vehicles’ and energy storage products’ cells.

Reports from CNBC last month have also suggested that Tesla is already in the process of designing its own battery cells at a “skunkworks lab” located in the company’s Kato Road facility, just a few minutes from the Fremont, CA factory. According to the publication’s sources, Tesla is currently researching ways to make its batteries better, and coming up with ways to mass-produce the cells in a faster, more efficient manner.

(from various sources)

Akhyari Hananto

I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to More understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy Less
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