Tesla is reportedly in talks with five Indian state governments to set up operations in India including the brand’s domestic headquarters as well as R&D centers.
American Electric Car Manufacturer Tesla The Indian market is keen to make an edge and now it seems that the automaker is in touch with five state governments to operate in the country. According to a recent report, the company is exploring the possibility of setting up headquarters, manufacturing as well as R&D centers in India. The report comes after confirmation from Tesla co-founder, Elon Musk, that the brand would arrive in the country in 2021. Recently, MoRTH Minister Nitin Gadkari also confirmed Tesla’s entry into India this year.
According to the report, Tesla is consulting the central and state governments and is searching for a location to establish operations in India. The Model 3 manufacturer has also hired a global consulting firm in this regard. It is not really a secret that many state governments are inciting American carmakers to establish operations in their respective territories. This includes Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. All these states already have a major presence in the form of the auto sector which includes major OEMs as well as component suppliers and vendor parks.
The report also states that Tesla is considering local partnerships for sourcing components. Reportedly, the Karnataka government has offered Tesla as Tumkur near Bengaluru as one of the locations for set-up operations.
Tesla originally planned to enter India in 2016 and even accepted orders from Indian customers. However, the brand has never been able to move forward with its operations and with the announcement of changing import policies and infrastructure for electric vehicles. Nevertheless, the last few years have seen the influx of privately imported Tesla vehicles into the country, while the infrastructure is also growing, prompting the company to look at the possibilities the market has to offer.
As per previous reports, Tesla will start operations in India with the Model 3 sedan. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class will be the cheapest offering from the rival brand and is likely to be priced between ₹ 55-60 lakh. The model can be brought as a fully built unit (CBU) that promises a top speed of 250 kmph and a range of around 500 km on a single charge.