Australia and Indonesia to advance electric vehicle collaboration

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Australia and Indonesia have agreed to strengthen cooperation in battery manufacturing, critical minerals processing, and other aspects of the electric vehicle ecosystem.

During his visit to Jakarta, Minister for Industry and Science Ed Husic signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish an EV collaboration mechanism with Acting Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Erick Thohir.

“Australia and Indonesia recognise the incredible potential of electric vehicles and battery manufacturing — and that’s why today’s announcement is so exciting,” Minister Husic said.

According to him, both countries can enhance their economic interests, trade, and investment links by collaborating on developing robust and diverse clean energy supply chains.


“This mechanism also paves the way for harnessing joint scientific and research studies, including around critical minerals processing and battery development, and facilitating partnerships between businesses in both our countries,” he added.

The mechanism arrangement will facilitate collaboration between the two countries in mapping EV supply chains, conducting joint scientific and research studies, and fostering new business-to-business connections.

The mechanism builds on a previous agreement between Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and President Joko Widodo to enhance cooperation on the EV ecosystem.

It also comes after leaders announced an AU$200 million Australia-Indonesia Climate and Infrastructure Partnership last year.