The hills are barren, the mangrove ecosystem is threatened, the sea coast is reddish, the environment also increasingly damaged and fish catches in East Halmahera have plummeted. It is inversely propotional from the increase in nickel mining yields which were dredged by 13 companies and one of them is state-owned enterprise which is has the largest mining concession area of 39,000 hectares covering two sub-districts in East Halmahera Regency, Maba and Maba City. On the other hand, the Indonesian government has ambitions to embody its dream as one of the epicenters of the electric vehicle battery ecosystem. Increased sales of electric vehicles will play a major role in increasing world nickel demand and will also change the composition of nickels consumption and mixed minerals for steel production. Nickel demand for battery products is expected to grow rapidly, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 32% over 2019-2030, according to DBS research. This pushed nickel consumption for rechargeable batteries to increase by 24% per year to 1.27 million tonnes in 2030. The contribution of rechargeable battery consumption to total nickel consumption also increased from 5% in 2019 to 30% in 2030. Instead of being able to provide ‘zero emissions', electric vehicles actually pose a dilemma in the production of rechargeable batteries that require nickel as a raw material. The discourse to use clean energy in electric vehicles comes at the expense of forests and oceans in one of the most biodiverse regions in the world.