GM of Betrix Indonesia
Staff Editor: Please tell us something about your career and profession.
Mario Rivaldi: Education: ITB Institute Technology Bandung Indonesia & University of Manchester UK – specialising in textile for advanced composite materials and management. Sponsored by and worked for Marks & Spencer PLC and Coats Viyella. Received in total of 8 awards and scholarships including from Ford Motor, Draper Company, British Council and University of Manchester. Moved to Shanghai to learn Mandarin in 2001. Returned to Indonesia in the middle of 2003, then started Betrix Indonesia Ltd. LEV company until now.
SE: When and how did you get involved in LEVs?
MR: From 2001 many oil analysts forecasted that Indonesia - despite being an OPEC member - will eventually become a net oil importer in 2008 (higher oil import than export),
given the rate of oil use increment, oil exploration and national oil reserve. Naturally, alternative energy business such as bio fuel, electric, semi electric or hybrid, fuel cell or any other alternative energy is expected to obtain their opportunity to grow. In 2003, we picked and started the LEV business as preparation to capitalise the future opportunity above because I believe that small electric 2 wheel EV will have a faster commercialisation compared with the bigger 4 wheel EV, at least in Indonesia and China.
SE: What is your personal motivation to work in LEVs?
MR: Being able to provide Indonesian people with cheaper and greener transportation, being able to give an innovative and profi table business to our dealers and at the broader level: being able to be a part of future sustainable energy solution.
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August 16, 2007