Tesla inches closer to its India debut as four models approved

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Tesla inches closer to its India debut as four models approved
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  • Tesla is gearing up to make its debut in India as four electric cars of the company have been approved by Indian authorities.
  • Earlier, there were reports suggesting that Tesla had partnered with three Indian auto component makers.
  • Reports suggest that these four models could be two variants of the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y.
Elon Musk’s Tesla is gearing up to launch in India, as four models of the electric car maker have reportedly been approved in the country.

According to a Bloomberg report, Tesla has received approval from the Indian authorities to make or import four models in the country. Business Insider verified this from the government’s motor vehicle portal, Homologation Vahan Seva.

“The tests ensure that the vehicle matches the requirements of the Indian market in terms of emission and safety and road-worthiness as per the Central Motor Vehicle Rules,” the website says.

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Earlier yesterday, media reports suggested that Tesla had tied up with three Indian auto components suppliers to make parts like windshields, sub-assemblies, instrument panels and other items from companies like Sona Comstar, Sandhar Technologies and Bharat Forge.

Earlier in July, Tesla’s chief executive officer Elon Musk had said that the company is willing to set up a factory in India if the response to its electric cars is good.


Tesla is reportedly testing the Model 3 in India – the company’s entry-level car has been spotted in camouflage in Maharashtra. Tesla has also registered its India unit under the name of Tesla India Motors, in Karnataka, according to a filing with the Registrar of Companies (RoC).
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Tesla inches closer to its India debut as four models approved
Four models have been approved as per the the Homologation Vahan Seva portal.Screenshot

There are reports that suggest that the four vehicles approved by the authorities could be two variants of the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y, but there’s no official confirmation in this regard yet.

When these Tesla electric cars launch in India, they will compete with the likes of the Tata Nexon EV and Tigor EV, apart from the Audi e-Tron, the MG ZS EV, and others from companies like Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar and more.

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