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Vietnamese Electric Car Manufacturer "VinFast" Collaborates with Otoklix to Launch Expansion in Indonesia

VinFast entered Indonesia by investing $1,2 billion to build a manufacturing factory in Depok

Otoklix signed a collaboration with an electric vehicle manufacturer from Vietnam, VinFast. This agreement stipulates Otolix as the official service provider for VinFast vehicles throughout Indonesia.

VinFast, which just entered the Indonesian market at the beginning of this year, will invest $1,2 billion or around IDR 18 trillion to build a local assembly plant with a production capacity of 60.000 units per year in Depok, West Java. This step is part of an expansion strategy to strengthen its presence in Southeast Asia.

Menurut Otoklix CEO Martin Reyhan Suryohusodo, Indonesia is one of the countries whose government actively supports the adoption of electric vehicles. The Indonesian government has updated its electric vehicle transition roadmap with a production target of 600.000 electric cars by 2025. This support includes expanding the charging station network and increasing financing options for consumers.

However, the biggest challenge in this transition is developing adequate infrastructure to support after-sales service and repair of electric vehicles. Otoklix, which has been focused on digitizing the automotive aftermarket, has invested in training and infrastructure development to ensure they are ready to support the special needs of electric vehicles.

Otoklix has also launched a training academy dedicated to mechanics, with a focus on servicing and maintenance of electric vehicles. The initiative aims to ensure mechanics have the skills and knowledge necessary to handle complex battery technology and electrical components.

In addition, Martin stated that Otoklix will partner with spare parts manufacturing companies to provide quality components at more affordable prices for independent workshops. This is expected to provide more choices for electric vehicle owners in Indonesia.

Martin also highlighted the importance of continued investment in supporting infrastructure, including charging stations and a strong secondary market, to ensure continued growth of the electric vehicle market. "This is a classic chicken and egg situation: sales of electric vehicles cannot outpace the development of supporting infrastructure," he added.

With this partnership, Otolix hopes to play an important role in supporting Indonesia's transition to the era of electric vehicles, while continuing to expand their reach and services across the country.

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