Union Minister Nitin Gadkari had appealed to US-based electric car maker Tesla to start production in India soon. Godkari assured Tesla that the government would fully support Tesla. He advised Tesla that other companies would start making Tesla standard vehicles if the company was delayed. Gadkari was the chief guest at the Raisina talks. During this time he answered many questions about electric vehicles, battery production, and scrap policy.
Gadkari said given the way India is focusing on electric vehicles, Tesla has a golden opportunity to set up a factory here. He said Tesla was taking part from Indian carmakers and setting up its headquarters here would be financially viable for him.
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The picture will change in two years
“I had a video conference with Tesla management,” Gadkari said. I advised them that it is a golden opportunity to start a factory in India because as much as there are problems with car machinery, Tesla is already procuring equipment from Indian manufacturers. Gadkari expressed confidence that India would be in a position to build Tesla-level electric vehicles in the next two years as Indian products improve. “It’s in Tesla’s interest,” he said. I would advise them that you start production here as soon as possible. ‘
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Other companies could kill
Godkari assured that Tesla could create its own vendors and export vehicles to other countries. Gadkari further suggested that Tesla should start operations in India soon, otherwise other EV manufacturers in India would soon be able to manufacture cars from Tesla standards. The minister said, “If you produce here, we will help you in India.” He said the government has a special emphasis on e-vehicles. The minister said Tesla initially wanted to start marketing from Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai. He stressed that India has the potential to become the world’s largest e-vehicle manufacturer in the next five years.
According to recent media reports, Tesla is set to start business in India soon. The company will first bring its cheapest Model 3 sedan by the end of this year. The Tesla Model 3 will be imported as a fully built unit (CBU), the report said. In India, it could cost around Rs 55 lakh.