First Tesla employee in India reportedly quits after company puts entry plan on hold


Tesla’s first employee in India Manuj Khurana has reportedly quit after the company decided to put its plans to sell electric cars in India on hold.

According to a report by the international news agency Reuters, a policy and business development executive at Tesla in India, Khurana, played a pivotal role in shaping up the carmaker’s entry plan in India.

According to Reuters’ sources, who requested anonymity, the resignation has not been made public yet.

Khurana lobbied the Indian government to reduce its import tax on electric cars from 100% to 40% in order to accommodate carmakers like Tesla set up shop in India, the report further stated.

However, the Indian government insisted that Tesla first commited to manufacturing cars in India before offering any concessions, the report went further on.

Elon Musk took to Twitter last month and said the company would not set up manufacturing in any location where it was not allowed first to sell and service cars.

“Tesla’s plans to launch in India right now are as good as dead,” stated one of the Reuters sources.

Tesla has also reportedly abandoned its search for car showrooms in India.

According to the report, Neither Khurana nor Tesla responded to Reuter’s request for a comment on the matter.