Electric cars are no longer the stuff of sci-fi, and India for one is aiming to have only electric vehicles on sale by 2030. Tesla is widely expected to make an entry into India sometime in the near future, and it seems to be getting a proverbial red carpet welcome. Anand Mahindra, chairman and managing director of Mahindra Group, took to Twitter and invited Elon Musk to bring his cars to India.
Mahindra slyly told Musk that he wouldn’t risk leaving the entire market to Mahindra. His tweet read, “Time you got out here Elon. You don’t want to leave that whole market to Mahindra do you?? The more the merrier–and greener..!” To which Elon Musk replied “Good Point.” The reply was met with a bunch of reactions on Twitter with many people suggesting that it would be great to see Mahindra and Tesla become front runners in the electric car market in India.
Time you got out here Elon. You don’t want to leave that whole market to Mahindra do you?? The more the merrier–and greener..! https://t.co/IPoA9viDRN
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) June 2, 2017
Tesla on Indian roads will be normal, Mahindra on foreign roads, is what makes us Proud.
— Shivam (@Thewordsofshiva) June 2, 2017
Would love to see M&M & other Indian mfgs beating Tesla here sometime in future👍
— srinidhi acharya (@srinidhiacharya) June 2, 2017
Love the sportsmanship here! 👍👍👍
— Martin A. K. (@crazytwism) June 2, 2017
Sweet. And with economies of scale at that level, things will just snowball (in a good way) with EVs.
— David Fox @ TWP (@DavidBFox) June 2, 2017
Earlier, in February 2017, Musk had tweeted that he was hoping for Tesla to launch its vehicle in summer. Though Musk has indicated that the Model 3 will eventually come to India, there are no concrete plans yet. The country’s infrastructure (or clack thereof) is among the primary reasons why the company has yet to make its debut. For one, there is no support for infrastructure like charging stations, which is the basic necessity for electric cars. ALSO READ: Tesla chief Elon Musk announces exit from Donald Trump’s advisory council in a post on Twitter
As for Mahindra, it recently partnered with Ola and the Government of India to build an electric mass mobility ecosystem in Nagpur. The system aims to bring a transformational change in the automotive and transportation landscape in the country. This unique project will bring vehicles across different segments, including e-buses, e-cabs, e-rickshaws and e-autos together on a single platform, the Ola app. This pilot project will commence with a 200-strong fleet, including 100 of Mahindra’s new e2o Plus vehicles.