Osamu Masuko: Mitsubishi already has EV, hybrid and PHEV

Mitsubishi speaks the development of electric cars in Indonesia. Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) said it will review the Government of Indonesia's regulation in developing environmentally friendly vehicles. MMC CEO Osamu Masuko said he had met with the Indonesian Ministry of Industry on the benefits of electric vehicles (EVs), hybrids and plug in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).

Tinuku Osamu Masuko Mitsubishi already has EV, hybrids and PHEV

"Mitsubishi Motors has made a presentation to the government about the benefits of EV, Hybrid and PHEV technology that we have. Some countries have decided by 2040 they will no longer sell fossil-fueled cars, this trend will have a huge impact," said Masuko in an interview in GIIAS 2017 outo show in Jakarta.

"Fortunately we have started iMiev EV in 2009 and Outlander PHEV in 2013. We will do research related to this in collaboration with the Indonesian government and universities," said Masuko.

The giant automotive company based in Minato said the sales volume of EV, Hybrid and PHEV are not the main target of MMC, but achieving high sales will surely accelerate the development of future tech vehicles.

"Sales volumes will certainly support the development of EVs and autonomous cars, and investment will be realized in large sales volumes," said Masuko.

The Indonesian government has set up incentives for the automotive industry to support the electric vehicle industry targeted 20 percent by 2025. The main challenge of electric cars is electricity resources, but the Indonesian government has targeted an additional 35,000 megawatts every five years.

"Yes, including import duties, there is a component of taxation, the use of fuel oil is declining, the fuel is subsidized, which means subsidized consumers are also reducing," Vice President Indonesia Jusuf Kalla said Friday.