The American electric carmaker, Tesla is all set to commence its Indian operation this summer. Tesla CEO, Elon Musk has confirmed the company’s India launch plan while replying to a Tweet. In response to a user who asked, “Eagerly waiting for Tesla to launch in India. Any plans to do it? If so then when”, he tweeted – “Hoping for summer this year.” However, there is no further detail about the Indian operations of the American carmaker.
In 2016, the electric car manufacturer had revealed the prototype of the Tesla Model 3, and also confirmed it will make its way to India. Within few days of its unveiling, the vehicle received over 3 lakh bookings. Prices of the Tesla Model 3 start at USD 35,000, which is around Rs 23 lakh. The company also aims to establish India-wide supercharger network. Currently, the superchargers are offered to Tesla owners at no additional cost. However, there is no clarity whether it will be free for Model 3 owners in India or come at some additional cost. Read – Elon Musk’s ‘Master Plan Part Deux’ for Tesla: A Brief Explanation
Besides the Indian market, the American electric carmaker will expand its market to Brazil, South Korean, Singapore, South Africa, Ireland and New Zealand. The company had also revealed its plan of begun shipping self-driving cars. Recently, Musk confirmed that Tesla will begin shifting to ‘full’ self-driving capability within 6 months.
With an aim to make India as Tesla’s production hub for the Asian markets, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari had offered land to the company near major Indian ports. During his visit to the Tesla plant near San Francisco, Nitin Gadkari had offered him invitation and encouraged for a joint association between the American carmaker and Indian automobile firms. In one of his official statements, the Indian minister said that this venture will help promote pollution-free road transport in the country, especially public and commercial automobile sectors.