January 17, 2021

Nitin Gadkari has confirmed that Tesla will be coming to India ‘in early 2021’

Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, told The Indian Express Idea Exchange that Tesla, the US clean energy and electric vehicle company, will “start operations” in India by early 2021.

During a conversation with Indian Express editors, the minister underlined the drive for electric cars in the country, and a number of Indian companies also work on electric vehicles, which are very affordable, but technically advanced like Tesla. Tesla said it will first start operations with sales and then look at assembly and production based on the response to cars. “In five years, India will become the No. 1 manufacturing hub for autos,” Gadkari added.

In October, Tesla CEO Elon Musk recommended The company will arrive in India in 2021 When responding to India‚Äôs tweet. “Definitely next year,” Musk responded when he checked in with him about the company’s progress in India with a handle called Tesla Club India.

The latest reports will be the first model to come to India Very affordable Tesla Model 3, Bookings can start in a few weeks. However, the Economic Times reports that sales will only take place in the second half of this year. Fully built units will be imported, after which the price will be Rs 55 lakh. Like the rest of the world, Tesla handles sales directly.

In 2016, Tesla raised $ 1000 in deposits from interested buyers in India. However, those consumers are still waiting for their cars, some of them told indianexpress.com.

In 2017, a year after the company started booking, Musk said his cars could arrive in India in the summer, but later blamed the terms of the foreign direct investment for the delay. “I may have been misinformed, but I was told that 30% of the parts had to be sourced locally and there was no supply yet in India to support it,” he tweeted.