New Delhi: Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday (October 8) said that he has asked Tesla not to sell its China-made electric cars in India and that the company should manufacture electric four wheelers in India and it should should be exported. World.
Speaking at a media event, Gadkari also said that he has asked Tesla several times to manufacture its electric cars in India. He said that Tesla has also been assured of all help from the government.
Tesla recently asked the central government to reduce the import tax on electric vehicles in India. Currently, the import duty on electric cars is the same as on fuel based four wheelers.
He said, “I have told Tesla not to sell electric cars in India, which your company has made in China. You should build electric cars in India and also export cars from India.”
“Whatever support you (Tesla) want will be provided by our government,” Gadkari said.
Reports have earlier suggested that the Indian government is in no mood to reduce the import duty on electric vehicles. However, several other global brands have now joined Tesla in asking the Indian government to reduce import duties.
Currently, 60-100 per cent customs duty is levied on cars imported into India as Completely Built Units (CBUs). The tax depends on the size and cost of the engine, the insurance and freight (CIF) value of the cars. Read also: NBL has till October 22 to respond to Invesco’s plea
In a letter to the Roads Ministry, Tesla had said the effective import duty of 110 percent on vehicles with customs duties over USD 40,000 is “prohibitive” for zero-emissions vehicles. Read also: Motorola Moto E40 launched with 90Hz LCD, 48MP main camera