Jakarta – In the dynamic landscape of Indonesia’s industrial evolution, a compelling narrative unfolds as state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and private entities, both domestic and international, eagerly eye participation in the electric vehicle (EV) development sector within the Industrial Estate Authority of IKN Nusantara (OIKN) in East Kalimantan.

Deputy for Funding and Investment of OIKN, Agung Wicaksono, revealed during an illuminating online seminar that a multitude of companies and private investors have expressed keen interest in engaging with IKN, particularly in the realm of EV development. The allure of this burgeoning sector beckons a diverse array of stakeholders seeking to capitalize on its promising prospects.

Among the notable entities poised to make significant strides in IKN’s EV landscape is the renowned taxi operator, Bluebird, which has already initiated groundbreaking endeavors within the industrial estate. Additionally, SOE Damri and international players like ComfortDelGro from Singapore have signaled their intent to invest in the EV sector, underscoring the global appeal and significance of this emerging industry hub.

In the manufacturing domain, a constellation of esteemed companies, including BYD from China, PT Kalista from Indonesia, and Škoda from the Czech Republic, alongside various other investors and private firms, have articulated their eagerness to participate in shaping the future of EV production at IKN. This collaborative spirit reflects a shared commitment to innovation and sustainability driving the industry forward.

Crucially, the ambit of interest extends beyond EV manufacturing to encompass infrastructure development, with numerous domestic and international entities poised to contribute to this pivotal aspect of the EV ecosystem. This holistic approach underscores the comprehensive vision of IKN as a catalyst for transformative change in Indonesia’s automotive landscape.

Facilitating this multifaceted endeavor is BUMO, or Bina Karya, within OIKN, positioned as an integrator to streamline efforts and maximize synergies across various stakeholders. This concerted approach underscores the cohesive strategy driving the realization of IKN’s ambitious objectives.

Embedded within the strategic framework of Law Number 3 of 2022, the IKN Master Plan delineates six clusters, including the Clean Technology Industrial Cluster, envisioned as a pivotal enabler of the IKN Economic Superhub Vision. With a steadfast focus on fostering environmentally friendly mobility and utilities, this cluster serves as a linchpin in advancing sustainable development goals.

Central to the realization of this vision is the cultivation of clean technology industries, with a specific emphasis on solar panel assembly (Solar PV) and EV manufacturing. These pivotal sectors not only embody the ethos of sustainability but also herald a paradigm shift towards greener, more resilient economic paradigms.

Integral to this transformative journey are the six strategic economic clusters, meticulously designed to fortify East Kalimantan’s competitive edge while fostering innovation and resilience. By harnessing advanced technologies and cultivating high-value sectors, IKN is poised to emerge as a beacon of economic dynamism and sustainable growth.

In essence, the burgeoning interest in EV development within IKN encapsulates a pivotal juncture in Indonesia’s industrial trajectory, marked by collaboration, innovation, and a resolute commitment to sustainability. As stakeholders converge to realize the shared vision of an IKN Economic Superhub, the stage is set for a transformative chapter in Indonesia’s automotive evolution.