Indonesia will provide incentives to boost sales of electric vehicles (EVs) starting March 20, part of the country’s efforts to accelerate adoption and attract investment from companies like Tesla, senior cabinet minister Luhut Pandjaitan said, according to Reuters’ report.

The incentive program will cover sales of 200,000 electric motorcycles and 35,900 electric cars, said Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita. It will also cover the conversion of 50,000 combustion engine motorcycles, he added.

The two ministers, who spoke at a news conference, did not disclose the budget set aside for the program, but said 7 million rupiah ($457.82) will be disbursed to producers and retailers for each new motorcycle sold and for each converted into an electric bike.

Indonesia is always keen to develop domestic EV production facilities to take advantage of its rich nickel reserves, an important material to produce EV batteries.

“We are finalizing negotiations with two big global car producers. We hope this new policy will make our position much stronger than before,” Luhut said without naming the companies. “If we don’t give (incentives), they will not come to us,” he added.

Asked about discussion with Tesla, Luhut said he plans to talk with the US carmaker in coming days.

Tesla announced last week it would build a new “gigafactory” in Mexico, raising questions about whether it would invest in a similar facility in Asia.

Luhut, however, played down doubts and said the Mexico facility would serve the North American market, adding he believed Tesla has a separate commitment in Asia.”Whether it would be Indonesia, we will see,” he reportedly said.

Officials in Indonesia and its neighboring countries such as Malaysia and Thailand have been trying to attract investment from electric car makers such as Tesla and other EV makers from China and South Korea.

South Korea’s LG and Hyundai have started construction on plants to assemble batteries and electric cars in Indonesia.

Agus said that companies eligible to join the incentive program are required to have a plant in Indonesia and meet certain local content requirements, according to Reuters’ report.

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