The Indonesian government plans to start production of electric car in a huge number next year which can help with the country's effort in reducing large amount of oil subsidy and cutting gas emission, China's Xinhua news agency cited a media report quoting a minister as saying here on Tuesday.

Indonesian State-Owned Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan said that the government had been preparing the infrastructure for the plan.

"If the infrastructure is ready, we can start mass producing the car with a capacity of 5,000 units per year," he was quoted by the Jakarta globe as saying.

At the end of June, Indonesia Agency For the Assessment and Application Technology launched its prototypes of battery-powered car and bus.

Deputy Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Rudi Rubiandini has said that the government plans to use the hybrid car and bus as public transport facility in the cities.

Minister Dahlan said President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has already instructed the ministers for industry, research and technology and trade to work on the necessary regulations.

"Within the next three months, there should be a clear technical guide for commercial regulations, so that the car can be mass produced," he said.

The Southeast Asia'a largest economy is a net oil importer, provides huge amount of oil subsidy, and has joined global effort to slow global warming by committing to trim gas emission by 26 percent by 2020 and to extended it to 41 percent under the international financial aids.

Source : New Straits Times

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