Zoom, zoom: Tesla plans India launch for 2021

The electric carmaker plans to launch in India in 2021, but not until later in the year, CEO Elon Musk tweeted.

The first model to be launched by Tesla in India will be its Model 3, the cheapest among its current slate of vehicles [File: Aly Song/Reuters]
The first model to be launched by Tesla in India will be its Model 3, the cheapest among its current slate of vehicles [File: Aly Song/Reuters]

Tesla Inc will come to India early next year, country’s transport minister Nitin Gadkari told national daily the Indian Express on Monday.

The electric-car maker will start with sales and then might look at assembly and manufacturing based on the response, the minister told the newspaper.

Tesla and the minister’s office could not be reached by Reuters for comment.

India has been keen to reduce its oil dependence and cut down on pollution, but its efforts to promote electric vehicles have been stymied by a lack of investment in manufacturing and infrastructure such as charging stations.

The first model to be launched will be Model 3, the cheapest among Tesla vehicles, with prices starting at over $74,739 (5.5 million Indian rupees), according to a report in the Economic Times on Saturday.

Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk on Sunday confirmed India foray in 2021 in a reply on Twitter but said it would not happen in January.

In October, the government of Maharashtra had invited Tesla to the state, weeks after Musk suggested entering the country next year.

Shares of the electric-car maker were up 2 percent in premarket trading.

Source: Reuters

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