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AFTF 2022: the shift driving EVs

Director, Sustainable Finance, ANZ Institutional

2022-10-17 00:00

A push toward net-zero carbon in the automotive industry – including the rise of electronic vehicles – is a huge economic opportunity for the Asia Pacific region, right across the value chain.

The shift – increasingly being supported by sustainable financing – is an opportunity not just for manufacturers, but those who produce the raw materials needed to build the technology necessary for the transition.

Electric vehicles in particular present significant opportunities for growth, as big automakers around the globe make moves that indicate their growing interest.

It’s not hard to see why. According to the Global EV Outlook 2022 from IEA, electric car sales doubled in 2021 to a record 6.6 million units, with “more now sold each week than in the whole of 2012”.

Governments are getting behind the push. China wants 20 per cent of all new cars sold to be electric by 2025. In the US, the target is 50 per cent by 2030. That’s big change in a small amount of time.

Industry is responding in kind. Rental giant Hertz has just committed to a large electric car order. Rideshare behemoth Uber is waving goodbye to the internal combustion engine by 2030, it hopes.


This is important work. The transportation sector contributes 14 per cent of all carbon emissions, according to the EPA.

ANZ has played a key role in financing customers in the electric vehicle space, and has recently completed a number of significant deals.

In September, ANZ helped Chinese car manufacturer Geely Auto secure its first sustainability Club loan. The $US400 million facility will be used by Geely for research and production in new energy technologies, accelerating both the development and implementation of such tech.

In the same month, ANZ announced it was helping finance HLI Green Power’s new electric-vehicle battery manufacturing facility in Indonesia. The plant – the first of its kind in south-east Asia – will benefit from Indonesia’s status as the world’s largest reserve of nickel, a critical component of EV tech.

HLI is a joint venture between South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Group and lithium-ion battery manufacturer LG Energy Solution. The $US711 million loan facility will drive the project which, in its initial phase, aims to enter mass production by 2024.

That news came after ANZ helped another Hyundai subsidiary, Hyundai Motor Group Innovation Centre, obtain its first green loan.

ANZ acted as joint lead arranger and sustainability adviser on the $S230 million deal for the Singapore-based group, which will use the funds on eligible green assets.

ANZ is proud to support these customers in their transition to net zero, and expects such activity to continue. 

The ANZ Finance & Treasury Forum is back in 2022 – and back in person. Held in Singapore on October 20, the forum will bring together some of the region’s most compelling thought leaders to discuss how organisations are making the future count together on the path to net-zero carbon.

As the threat to natural capital and biodiversity becomes ever clearer in a post-pandemic world, the forum will explore key topics of global importance across geopolitics, sustainability, and the technology that will help bring your business into the future.

ANZ Institutional Insights will provide coverage and insights into the key themes from the forum in the lead up to the event - and beyond.


The impact of EV development in the region is widespread. In China, the EV sector looms as a crucial plank for the country’s pledge to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060.

According to ANZ Research, EV charging stations loom as a significant opportunity, with EV sales hitting 3.5 million in 2021, and expected to exceed five million in total in calendar 2022. This growth is seen as particularly important for China as increasing EV sales support the country’s macroeconomic recovery.

Australia is in an enviable position as one of the few countries in the world producing some of the key raw materials required for EV batteries. The world’s largest exporter of lithium, an October report from the government suggested exports of the precious metal could rise by more than 180 per cent in fiscal 2023.

Along with ample nickel, cobalt, manganese, vanadium, zinc and copper, the country has been labelled in some quarters a potential “battery superpower”.

Elsewhere in the region, policymakers in smaller economies are making moves that will also drive opportunity in the EV space.

In Thailand, the 3030 EV Production Policy aims to ensure the electric component of domestic vehicle production reach 30 per cent of by 2030. In Indonesia, sales of combustion engine motorcycles will be banned by 2040, and cars by 2050.

It’s clear the market for EVs is at a tipping point. As demand rises, it’s a market that is poised for growth.

Jenny Fan is a Director, Sustainable Finance at ANZ Institutional

AFTF 2022: the shift driving EVs
Jenny Fan
Director, Sustainable Finance, ANZ Institutional


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