In 2017, Tesla had planned to introduce the Model 3 in India, but that didn’t happen. Elon 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. Five years later, the world’s most world’s most valued automobile company might just finally land in India before June next year.
Earlier this year, Musk confirmed Tesla’s entry into the Indian market by 2021. Reports have now emerged that indicate Musk will be fulfilling his promise.
According to The Economic Times report, Tesla may resume bookings for its electric cars as soon as next month. The report also states that delivery will begin by June 2021. Musk, in 2016, confirmed that the Model 3 would be the first model to be launched in India. It reportedly be priced between Rs 55 to 60 lakh.
The Model 3 already has buyers in India. Paytm founder Vijay Sekhar Sharma booked the car back in 2016.
India has already shown a keen interest in Tesla, in hopes they would set up their next factory in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited Tesla’s San Jose facility, and was impressed by the company. Earlier this year, Maharashtra had a meeting with Tesla officials to invite them to set up its plant and operations in the state, weeks after Elon Musk tweeted it would enter the country ‘next year for sure.’