Mixed views on whether Jokowi's visit would sway Elon Musk to start Tesla base in Indonesia

Indonesian President Joko Widodo met Tesla chief executive Elon Musk on May 14 to discuss potential investments and technology. PHOTO: JOKO WIDODO/TWITTER
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JAKARTA - Indonesian President Joko Widodo's face-to-face meeting with Tesla chief executive Elon Musk in his Texas headquarters last Saturday (May 14) has been seen by analysts as a gambit to entice the clean energy giant to invest in Indonesia by way of a plant to support its electric vehicles (EV) production.

This comes as Tesla is partially shifting to lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) rather than nickel-cobalt-aluminium batteries for its electric vehicles.

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