JAKARTA - Indonesia is considering reducing the value-added tax on electric car sales from 11% to 1% to drive up demand and attract investment, said Septian Hario Seto, a senior official with the investment coordinating ministry.
Indonesia has a target of having at least 1.2 million electric motorcycles and 35,000 electric cars in use by 2024.
"We are still doing a benchmark analysis with other countries [on electric vehicles incentives]," he told reporters after speaking at an investment forum on Wednesday.
He also said the government would give a cash incentive of 7 million rupiah ($467.60) for every electric motorcycle sold, until sales reach a certain volume that is still under discussion.
The planned incentives, however, may only be available for electric vehicles (EVs) that are at least 40% locally-made, under Indonesia's 'local content rule'.
"The [next step] is that the local content percentage be increased further to 60% and more," he added.
Separately on Wednesday, senior cabinet minister Luhut Pandjaitan said the regulation laying out incentives for EVs is expected to be issued next week.
($1 = 14,970.0000 rupiah)
(Reporting by Stefanno Sulaiman Writing by Fransiska Nangoy Editing by Kanupriya Kapoor)