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.
Tesla has been receiving several questions from concerned and interested Indian buyers about the availability of its range of cars in India. Replying to one such query on social media, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company will probably release the details about where to book a Tesla car in India by January next year. He wrote, “Will release order configurator probably in Jan.