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Elon Musk’s Tesla remains apathetic towards India’s push for ‘Make in India’

Even after multiple proposals, Tesla has shown no interest in setting up manufacturing plant in India.


Amid all the news of Tesla coming to India soon, Elon Musk s electric car company has been seemingly cold about the Indian government s proposal to Make in India . Reportedly, the government proposed to offer a land near a major port to facilitate exports to Tesla, along with offer other incentives. Also Read - What Indians searched for in 2021: Bitcoin, Elon Musk, Narendra Modi, and a lot more

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Last year, Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari visited Tesla, where he proposed a joint venture between the company and Indian automobile companies to manufacture pollution-free vehicles, especially in commercial and public transport. Gadkari said the government has tried its best to bring Tesla on board. I have told them we will give you land at the ports, but we haven t got any indication yet, he said. Also Read - Tesla Cyberquad for kids launched: The electric ATV has a top speed of 16 kmph

Back in September 2015, even Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Tesla s California facility, where he discussed the implications of the revolutionary battery technology in India and developments in renewable energy.

Experts say manufacturing in India is some time away for Tesla. Just putting up a plant for exports doesn t make sense. One needs to have a large domestic market as well, Abdul Majeed, partner and national auto practice leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers told Mint. From a business standpoint, it makes sense for Tesla to address the product challenges, build up market share in the US and Europe. India is still some time away. ALSO READ: Hyperloop in talks with Indian government to start trials: Report

The Indian government is naturally being pushy about the proposal considering its ambitious plan of making India a 100 percent electric vehicle nation by 2030. Presently, the automotive industry in the country is worth $74 billion, and at this current rate, the industry is poised to become the third-largest auto market by the end of the current fiscal.

Besides, the government wants to see 6 million electric and hybrid vehicles on the roads by 2020 under the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP) 2020 and Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (FAME).

While the plans to manufacture in India look like a no-no from Tesla s end, the company CEO recently confirmed its debut in India this summer. While exciting, this isn t really the first time we are hearing about Tesla s plans for India. Last year, post the launch of Model 3, Musk announced that Tesla would enter the Indian market before production starts for its latest vehicle. He also said that the company will set up a pan-India supercharger network. ALSO READ: Tesla hoping to launch in India this summer: Elon Musk

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  • Published Date: March 24, 2017 1:31 PM IST

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