Modi's visit to the Silicon Valley, in September '15, was iconic in many aspects and especially because he visited the San Francisco factory of Tesla Motors—the pioneers of battery-operated cars such as the Tesla S.
The meeting hinted that Tesla could soon set up a car manufacturing facility in India but the rumours soon died as Tesla founder Elon Musk chose China for an auto factory instead.
But now the air has been cleared and YES! TESLA is coming to India.
CEO Elon Musk, confirmed on social media that the new age electric vehicle making company will be established in India by this summer. As per reports, Tesla is looking to set-up their plant here with the prospect of bringing its electric sedans, roadsters and SUVs to India by the end of this year.
The news was out courtesy a conversation on Twitter, where Musk confirmed the same to a query by Ishan Goel, who asked the CEO's plan to launch Tesla in India.
Last year, Tesla had announced its plans to start shipping cars that are fully capable of self-driving. It had opened booking for Indian buyers too and got a decent response from people who dished out $1000 for the same.
In April 2016, Elon Musk had said Tesla has added more countries including India, Brazil, South Africa, South Korea, New Zealand, Singapore and Ireland to the Tesla Model 3 order page. The vehicle will go into production in late 2017 and is expected to cost around $35,000 excluding taxes.
The Model 3 will be Tesla's most affordable electric car at $35,000 (Rs 23 lakh approx) and will start rolling out by the end of 2017. With an acceleration of 60 mph in just 6 seconds, the car will have a range of 346 km on a single charge, and there will be other versions of the car with even better range!
Nitin Gadkari had visited the Tesla factory too last year and had offered to promote joint ventures between the firm and Indian automobile companies, with a view to introduce pollution-free road transport in India, especially commercial and public motor vehicles.
It could prove to be a double whammy too, with the other benefit being Tesla Powerwall!
This solar battery could help us tap into the one resource we have in abundance: solar energy. The Tesla Powerwall could help Indian households become self-sufficient in their energy needs.
With so many far-fetched plans let us wait and watch what lays in store!
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