BYD Launches Trio of Electric Cars in Jakarta, Plans Manufacturing Plant in Indonesia

China’s electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer BYD, launched three new electric passenger cars, in Jakarta, Indonesia as part of its push into the Southeast Asian market.

During the launch BYD introduced SEAL, Atto 3, and Dolphin, three battery-powered and environmentally friendly vehicles that have already been distributed to nearly 70 countries, Chinese news agency Xinhua reports.

“This is an extraordinary moment for BYD as we officially present ourselves to Indonesian consumers to offer innovative new energy vehicles with sustainable benefits,” General Manager of BYD Asia-Pacific Auto Sales Division Liu Xueliang said.

According to Eagle Zhao, president director of PT BYD Motor Indonesia, Indonesia is one of the active countries in adopting trends, including initiatives to reduce emissions through the use of electric vehicles.

“We will accelerate the construction of a manufacturing plant in Indonesia starting this year,” Zhao said, noting that BYD has seven dealer networks in Indonesia now and targets to increase the number to 50 by the end of this year.

The country’s Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, and the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto, supported BYD’s move into Indonesia.

Pandjaitan said that the government already signed a memorandum of understanding with BYD in May last year in China on the development of the EV ecosystem in Indonesia.

Hartarto added that the government would continue to encourage BYD “to increase the utilization of local content so that it can encourage industrial competitiveness.”