JAKARTA, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- Indonesia will begin mass production of electric cars in 2020 in a bid to reduce emission and reliance on fossil fuel, a minister said here on Thursday.
Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education Mohamad Nasir revealed that the ministry has invited four universities in the production of eco-friendly vehicles.
"We have asked four universities to develop the electric car. The target is mass production will be started in 2020," he said.
President Joko Widodo has given strong support to the development of the vehicles. The government has prepared regulations, funding and incentives in producing electric cars
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