Tesla is finally set to enter the Indian market with its latest electric vehicle Model 3. The company has already started taking pre-orders for the vehicle, which goes into production in 2017-end, and is likely to be available early 2018. Customers in India book the car for $1,000 (Rs 66,300 approximately). Besides making its latest vehicle available in India, Tesla will also be focusing on building infrastructure for its cars in the country. Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk confirmed on Twitter that the company will set up a pan-India supercharger network.
A nationwide charging network is likely to help Tesla reach out to more masses in India, especially in non-metro cities. Considering that the car will be available in early 2018, Tesla is expected to utilize the time to set up its infrastructure in the country. It is worth pointing out here that Tesla hasn’t officially shared any timeline in this regard.
Interestingly, Tesla’s latest announcement is in line with recent reports about Tesla’s aggressive plans for the Indian market. According to the recent reports, Tesla had been eyeing India, especially after Elon Musk’s meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year, for setting up manufacturing plants. India is likely to be gate for Tesla to reach out to the other untapped markets in Asia. Also, the government regulations in India for electric vehicles are more flexible than in China’s.
@IndiaToday Will include India-wide Supercharger network
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 1, 2016
What are Tesla Superchargers?
Superchargers are essentially more efficient chargers that fast charge the EVs. Tesla claims that these chargers are strategically placed for long distance travel.
“Superchargers consist of multiple Model S chargers working in parallel to deliver up to 120 kW of direct current (DC) power directly to the battery. Typically, Model S uses its onboard charger to convert alternating current (AC) from a wall charger to DC that’s stored in the battery. As the battery nears full charge, the car’s onboard computer gradually reduces the current to the optimum level for topping off cells,” Tesla explains on its website.
Tesla claims superchargers provide 170 miles (273 kilometers approximately) of range after 30 minutes of charge. These chargers currently work with Model S cars. Users can monitor details such as locating next charging station on Google Maps and charging percentage through a dedicated Model S app. You can learn more about the Tesla Superchargers here.