Elon Musk Blames Indian Govt For Delaying Tesla Launch; Followers Suggest Bribe!
Elon Musk’s Tesla cars are long awaited in India, but the launch has been delayed yet again. The cars have been expected in India by 2019, but there still are no signs of the entry of Tesla in India.
Tesla Launch Delayed Again!
When he was asked about any update on the Tesla launch in India, Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla tweeted, “Still working through a lot of challenges with the government.”
Tesla CEO Elon Musk had previously responded to a tweet stating that his company wants to launch cars in India, but that the country’s import levies on electric vehicles (EVs) are preventing the company from doing so.
Responding to Youtuber Madan Gowri’s tweet “please launch Tesla cars in India ASAP!”
Musk responded with: “Want to launch Tesla in India, but import duties are the highest in the world by far of any large country. Moreover, clean energy vehicles are treated the same as diesel or petrol, which does not seem entirely consistent with the climate goals of India.”
Tesla’s cars, when launched in India, will be affordable as confirmed by Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Nitin Gadkari. He promised that the cars will be priced at Rs 35 lakh.
Tesla Model 3 To Be Launched In India?
A blue coloured Tesla model was also sighted in Pune, India, which further confirmed that Tesla is already working its way to the Indian automobile market.
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.