Musk confirms Tesla coming to India in 2021


In news that will excite all auto enthusiasts and climate enthusiasts in India alike is the American electric car major Tesla Motors will be coming to India in early 2021.

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari confirmed that Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors will enter India in 2021.

Gadkari said that the American electric car major is set to start its operations in India next year, adding that the company would also look at setting up a manufacturing unit based on demand.

Tesla Inc. co-founder and chief executive Elon Musk had on December 27 said the company will enter the Indian market in 2021 when he replied to a Twitter user about Tesla’s possible entry in the country. Musk had said ‘but definitely this year,’ while replying to a query on Tesla’s India plans on Twitter.

Tesla will have its distribution facility for its cars in India from next year

“American auto major Tesla will have its distribution facility (sale centers) for its cars in India from next year and considering the demand it would look into setting up of manufacturing here. India has the potential to become the largest EV (electric vehicle) producer in the world in the next five years,” Gadkari

Tesla has for years expressed interest in expanding to India. But in a 2018 tweet, Musk shared that “some government regulations” in India had emerged as a roadblock.

Like elsewhere in the world, Musk has amassed tens of millions of fans in India. A handful of people paid the token amount of $1,000 to pre-order the Model 3 in 2016. Musk later blamed the local regulations for the delay in bringing the cars to customers in India.

“Maybe I’m misinformed, but I was told that 30% of parts must be locally sourced and the supply doesn’t yet exist in India to support that,” he tweeted in 2017.

The Transport Minister has been pushing for green fuel and electric vehicles for cutting India’s huge Rs 8 lakh crore crude imports and towards battling climate change.

“With India’s pledge to reduce carbon emissions by 30-35 percent by 2030 and efforts to cut down on Rs 8 lakh crore-worth crude oil imports, the focus is also on green fuel and electricity as well as EVs,” the minister said.

Stressing that India has a power surplus, Gadkari said the benefits of e-mobility solutions are immense here.

“The Centre intends to have an electric vehicle sales penetration of 30 percent for private cars, 70 percent for commercial cars, 40 percent for buses, and 80 percent for two and three-wheelers by 2030 by providing various incentives, which are likely to drive the growth of EV market in India,” Gadkari said.

Also, the government is planning to set up at least one e-charging kiosk at each of the around 69,000 petrol pumps across the country with an aim to accelerate the uptake of EVs, he added. Gadkari said it was an opportune time to harbor the ambition of becoming number one in EVs as raw material and skilled manpower was available in India, making it a ‘win-win situation’.