In a recent tweet, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, revealed that he plans to enter the Indian market by the end of next year. The company plans to start with a ‘partial presence’ in the country first, with complete expansions in 2020.
Hopefully, partial presence in India, Africa & South America end of next year, with broader expansion in 2020
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 2, 2018
However, this isn’t the first time they tried to bring themselves over to India. Tesla had actually planned to introduce the Model 3 in 2017, but that didn’t happen. Musk has always had a keen interest in India’s market, but the high duty on import vehicles and the obstacles an electric car owner faces here, made it almost impossible for Tesla to be launched.
In 2015, Musk gave a presentation to Narendra Modi, on revolutionary technology that is changing the world. The Prime Minister was extremely impressed and had ideas for implicating them in India.
As of right now, the only maker that does provide electric vehicle options is Mahindra. With India’s six cities being the part of the world’s most polluted cities in the world, the government needs to focus on encouraging and nourishing an electric market in India. If a car maker like Tesla makes it to India, other major car makers might also get encouraged to bring their electric car offerings to the country.
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