* President encourages cheap, green cars as good for economy
* Jakarta chief increases driving costs to slow demand
* City's backlash forces automakers to adjust marketing
* Jakarta's congested roads cost its economy $2.8 bln/yr
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An industry official says it is too early for the government to be launching the new phase, as eco-car makers still are busy meeting the first-phase criteria and worrying about the continuity of the government's energy policy....More
The program offers a 6-year tax break to automakers that produce at least 100,000 vehicles annually from the fourth year and meet standards for minimum investment, carbon-dioxide emissions and fuel efficiency....More
Leading the project is Nissan, which along with Renault, BMW and Volkswagen plans 74 rapid chargers along major trunk routes and providing EV-friendly links to five seaports and five international airports....More
The fuel tanks, supplied soley to Ford for now, are made of high-density polyethylene, with an interior layer of ethylene vinyl alcohol, a special plastic resin that prevents minute fuel vapors from seeping through the plastic.
Some suppliers are investing in additional facilities because they are confident current production levels will be sustained and because they have exhausted most of their avenues to stretch available...
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