Tesla India prospects get a boost as states compete with each other to invite Elon Musk to their backyard
- After stating that
Teslais facing “a lot of challenges” in entering India, several state ministers came forward to invite the electric car maker to their state.
- The list includes Telangana, Maharashtra, Punjab and West Bengal.
Elon Muskhas been tweeting regularly about his troubles in India.
Last week, Musk tweeted that Tesla is facing a “lot of challenges” in entering the Indian market, in response to a query from a fan.
Pranay Pathole, in a tweet said, “Yo @elonmusk any further update as to when Tesla's will launch in India? They're pretty awesome and deserve to be in every corner of the world!” Responding to this, Musk said that “Still working through a lot of challenges with the government.”
Now, ministers of several Indian states have come out and extended invitations to the electric car maker to set up its shop in their respective backyards.
This includes ministers from Telangana, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Punjab – curiously, all of those have non-BJP governments.
Hey Elon, I am the Industry & Commerce Minister of Telangana state in IndiaWill be happy to partner Tesla in wor… https://t.co/DBJ7GMyMlQ— KTR (@KTRTRS) 1642184220000
West Bengal minister joined in and put forward West Bengal’s bid, inviting Musk to set up shop in the state.
Drop here, we in West Bengal have best infra & our leader @MamataOfficial has got the vision.Bengal means Busines… https://t.co/GFZqL0yXbg— Md Ghulam Rabbani (রাব্বানী) (@GhulamRabbani_) 1642234042000
Jayant R Patil, Maharashtra’s water resources minister, followed, saying, “Maharashtra is one of the most progressive states in India. We will provide you with all the necessary help from Maharashtra for you to get established in India. We invite you to establish your manufacturing plant in Maharashtra,”.
.@elonmusk, Maharashtra is one of the most progressive states in India. We will provide you all the necessary help… https://t.co/78NZ1w4W20— Jayant Patil- जयंत पाटील (@Jayant_R_Patil) 1642306091000
Former cricketer and Punjab Congress chief, Navjot Singh Sidhu, jumped in, proclaiming that the “Punjab Model” and single-window clearance for investments would help Ludhiana become a hub for electric vehicles and batteries.
I invite @elonmusk, Punjab Model will create Ludhiana as hub for Electric Vehicles & Battery industry with time bou… https://t.co/VcbInkh5Gp— Navjot Singh Sidhu (@sherryontopp) 1642326908000
Tesla had received approval in India for four models in August 2021 and another three models in December 2021. While the models have not been revealed yet, the Model 3 and Model Y have reportedly been spotted in the country.
Tesla’s India ambitions face hurdles
One of the issues being faced by the Elon Musk-led company is the imposition of import taxes. Tesla had urged the Indian government to slash import taxes on electric vehicles and even requested a meeting between Musk and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Indian government levies a 60% import tax on electric vehicles priced $40,000 or less, and 100% on those priced above $40,000. In comparison, Tesla cars start at $44,690 (approx. ₹33,41,780) in the US, meaning Tesla’s cars will face a 100% import tax in India, hampering the company’s sales.
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