Tesla will start operations in India next year-cartdost.com

Tesla, an electric car will start operations in India early next year, as per the Minister of Transport, Nitin Gadkari, who made the statement in an interview with a national newspaper, Indian Express, on Monday.

The electric car manufacturer will begin its roll-out of India by first having a dealership in the country and now may consider a more active presence through vehicle assembly and manufacturing on the basis of initial feedback from the first stage, the Minister told the newspaper.

Tesla has yet to make a final statement on the matter, and it is not clear whether the Minister spoke on the basis of advanced discussions with the electric car manufacturer. In addition, the Office of the Minister has yet to make any statement on the matter.

India is very keen to reduce its dependence on oil to meet its growing energy and transport needs, as well as to reduce its carbon footprint by reducing pollution, but the plan to promote electric cars as an alternative has been slowed down by a lack of investment in manufacturing and infrastructure, such as charging stations.

The first electric car model to also be launched will be Model 3, the cheapest among Tesla's vehicles, with prices hovering around $74739 (5.5 million Indian rupees). This information was taken from a report in the Economic Times on Saturday.

In a new outlook to India's imminent rollout from 2021, Tesla's Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk confirmed the news on Sunday via his verified Twitter handle but said it wouldn't happen in January.

In October 2020, the government of the Indian state of Maharashtra invited the company to the state, a few weeks after CEO Elon Musk suggested entering the sub-continent in 2021.


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