The wait for Tesla's entry into the Indian market is over as it has registered its R&D unit in Bengaluru. There was a lot of speculation regarding the delay in launching cars for India, but it looks like Tesla has bigger plans, as it plans not just to import cars but also manufacture or assemble locally to reduce the manufacturing costs and avoid higher taxes.
India already has a "Make in India" program to support foreign companies to set up plants locally in lieu of incentives and other perks. Announcing its entry, the Karnataka Chief Minister, BS Yediyurappa, tweeted, "Karnataka will lead India's journey towards Green Mobility. Electric Vehicle Manufacturer Tesla will soon start its operations in India with an R&D unit in Bengaluru. I welcome Elon Musk to India and Karnataka and wish him all the very best."
The unit has been registered as Tesla Motors and Energy Private Ltd and was incorporated on January 8. VaibhavTaneja, VenkatrangamSreeram, and David Jon Feinstein have been named as directors. The company is also in touch with other state governments, namely Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu, to facilitate operations in India.
Earlier, Tesla had planned to start operations in India in 2016 and had also accepted orders from Indian customers. But due to demanding import policies and underdeveloped infrastructure for electric vehicles, the launch got delayed. There is also the big hurdle of potholes and unorganized traffic in India, which may create troubles for Tesla. However, in the last few years, Tesla has upgraded its technology and capacity; also, the costs are going down.
Many people want to shift to electric vehicles in India, but they do not have any option; Tesla can start the green EV revolution in India.
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