On Friday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the plans of foraying into the Indian EV market. Recently, an unofficial account of Tesla Club India on Twitter asked Elon about the company’s plans for India. On which Elon hinted that the company would debut in 2021. While replying to the tweet from Tesla Club India, Elon said, “Next Year For Sure.”
This is not the first time Elon has expressed his interest in the Indian market. Back in 2016, the US EV maker has shown its willingness to enter the Indian market. However, due to some government policies and other implications, the plans could not succeed at that time.
Later in 2019, a guy on Twitter asked Elon about his plans for India, to which Elon said, “Would love to be there this year. If not, definitely next!”. If it wasn’t for the COVID-19 crisis, we hope Tesla might already be here. Now, as everything is slowly coming back to normal, we hope that by the end of 2021 or early 2022, Tesla could enter the Indian market.
Furthermore, there is also news of Tesla establishing an R&D center in Bengaluru, India. As per the reports, Tesla is in talks with the Karnataka Govt to start the facility. However, the deal is yet to be finalized by both parties.
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What Challenges Could Tesla Face In India?
If we talk about its electric cars, then there would be two major issues that Tesla would face in India.
First is the price of its electric vehicles. If Tesla launches in India, then the price of its entry-level electric car ‘Model 3’ would be around Rs 28 lakh, which would be quite expensive considering the Indian market.
Second is the autonomous driving ability of the car. We know Tesla has one of the best self-driving computers in its electric vehicles; still, it would face a hard time on Indian roads.
The infrastructure that is needed for such software to work optimally still lacks in India.
However, we believe a more affordable car with some good electric range and some of Tesla’s cool features will do the job for India.
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