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If this were to happen, would Tesla be vigorously sold in Malaysia since we’re just next door? 😀

Our neighbour, Indonesia has recently invited billionaire Elon Musk to set up a SpaceX rocket launch site as well as a manufacturing plant for his electric vehicle company, Tesla in the country. As reported by Indonesian news portal Katadata, the invitation was discussed during a phone call between the Republic’s President, Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo with Elon Musk last Friday (10 December 2020).

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The spacex rocket launch back in august.

Following the invitation, the SpaceX and Tesla founder is reportedly sending a team to Indonesia in January to study the partnership plans. One of the most attractive points for setting up a manufacturing site in Indonesia is the country’s abundance in natural resources such as copper, nickel and tin. For Tesla specifically, the potential for a full supply chain of nickel is the more eye-catching as it is used for battery chemicals extract that Electronic Vehicles (EVs) use.


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President jokowi (left) and elon musk (right).

In fact, just last month, Jokowi said that the country had a great plan to make Indonesia the biggest producer of lithium batteries. Furthermore, Elon Musk himself has said that he is willing to offer a ‘giant contract for a long period of time’ as long as nickel is mined efficiently and in an ‘environmentally sensitive way.’

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As for SpaceX, the vast territories of Indonesia which is made up of islands could prove the perfect spot for a rocket launch site.

What do you guys think of this development? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!


Also read: Tesla Could Potentially Be Opening Shop In Singapore!

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