Tesla Caught Testing Model 3 Electric Car In India; Expected Launch Date, Price In India?
A blue coloured Tesla model was recently sighted in Pune, India, which further confirms that Tesla is already working its way to the Indian automobile market.
Read on to find out more about this new model of Tesla spotted in India!
Tesla’s Model 3 Spotted In Pune; Is Tesla Testing
A blue Tesla Model 3 was seen in Pune, which might be a test mule for Tesla as the company is paving its way towards Indian automobile market. The pictures of the car have been seen on Instagram, with a red number plate.
There have been reports about Tesla importing three of the Model 3s in India for testing purposes and the approval of the ARAI. This particular car, the Model 3, is the most affordable Tesla and will likely be the very first Tesla to launch here.
The automaker is in talks with several Indian states to open an office, showrooms, a research and development center and most possibly a factory. A person, revealed under the condition of anonymity that Tesla is currently recruiting for positions including a head of sales and marketing, and a head of human resources.
A senior legal counsel has also been brought on board according to a Tesla fan club tweeted last week.
Tesla Model 3: Specifications, Price
Tesla is going to launch itself in India with Model 3. The bookings of the same will start in January and the deliveries are expected to initiate within the first 3 months of 2020.
Model 3 is a preliminary model of Tesla with a battery size of 50 kWh to 75 kWh. Currently, the vehicle is available in Standard Range (RWD), Standard Range Plus (RWD), Long Range (AWD), and Long Range Performance (AWD). According to tests conducted by WLTP the driving range of the EV varies from 381 km to 580 km.
This luxury car will be priced around Rs 55 Lakh. The fact that Tesla does not have any strong competition in the EV automobile sector gives it an edge irrespective of its price.
Tesla is planning on setting up mega showrooms in 3 metros in India. CEO Elon Musk had tweeted in the past about his ambitions to enter India this year. Tesla has also appointed CBRE Group Inc, a global property consultant, to scout locations where mammoth showrooms and service centres in the range of 20-30,000 sq foot space could be constructed.
New Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru have been selected by the electric vehicle (EV) giant to target the affluent niche.