Hyundai Mobis launches construction of battery plant in Indonesia
Hyundai Mobis has started construction of a plant to produce battery systems for electric cars in Indonesia. The new plant will be located in Bekasi, about 60 km southeast of the capital Jakarta, and is scheduled for completion in the first half of 2024.
Once the new factory is opened in 2024, it will supply battery systems for electric models to be launched in Southeast Asia. It will use battery cells from HLI Green Power, a joint venture of the Hyundai Group with LG Energy Solution, which is currently building a battery cell factory in Indonesia. This is being built in Karawang (also near Jakarta) and is expected to start production in the first half of 2024 with an annual capacity of 10 GWh.
Hyundai opened its first vehicle plant in Indonesia last year. It is located in Cikarang near Jakarta and is the first Hyundai plant in Southeast Asia to also produce BEVs, starting with the Ioniq 5.
“Hyundai Mobis will become a partner for Indonesia and will play a pivotal role in establishing the EV ecosystem,” said Oh Heung-sub, Senior Vice President of Electrification at Hyundai Mobis, underlining the growing industry in Indonesia. The press release also underlines support from the Indonesian government: “They provided enthusiastic support on various fronts not only in the construction approval process, but also in the environmental assessment, logistics costs, and tax benefits.”
Indonesia has been steadily growing as a point of interest for vehicle manufacturers, as Volkswagen also recently announced interest in building a battery factory there, after their subsidiary PowerCo had announced similar interests in April. The RWTH Aachen university is also involved in the Indonesian battery industry, while Ford and BASF & Eramet are both interested in the country’s nickel deposits, as is SK On. Tesla is also considering building an EV plant there, following their own nickel supply contracts.