LAST UPDATED: Dec. 29, 2020, 12:22 p.m.
New Delhi (Anish Yande): Tesla is set to launch operations in India the next year. The Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, has announced Tesla’s plans to commence operations in India from 2021. The announcement follows Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla had hinted at a 2021 arrival for Tesla in India.
Nitin Gadkari confirms Elon Musk’s India launch plans:
Elon Musk had stated earlier that a Tesla team was working towards launching operations in India. In a reply to a tweet, Musk had said that the order configurator for Tesla’s India launch is expected to be released in January 2021.
Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Road Transport, has stated that Tesla would first commence sales operations in India. The electric car maker would consider afterward if they wanted to establish manufacturing plants in India. The potential establishment of manufacturing plants would depend on customer response.
Tesla hit a milestone in October when the worldwide sales of the electric carmaker crossed the 1 million mark. Elon Musk is planning to reach a sales aim of 20 million Tesla vehicles sold worldwide by 2030.
Tesla Model 3 to debut in India:
Elon Musk had previously stated that the first Tesla vehicle to debut in India would be the Model 3 Sedan. Tesla had previously attempted to launch the vehicle in India in 2016, however, local infrastructure had delayed the launch.
Reports have stated that Tesla has finalized plans for pre-bookings and delivery starting from the first quarter of the next year.
Tesla Model 3 is one of the most affordable electric cars by Tesla. Launched first in 2017, the car became one of the most sought after electric car across the world, with recorded sales of 5,00,000 units. The car delivers a top speed of 162 mph and range upwards of 420 km.
Model 3 is sold for a price range from $37,990 to $54,990 in the US. The prices would amount to a starting price of Rs 30 lakh up to Rs 55 lakh.
Currently, electric vehicles launched in India, such as MG ZS EV priced at Rs 23.58 lakhs and Tata’s Nexon EV, priced at 16.25 lakhs are priced more affordably for the average Indian user.
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