Government To Offer Equal Incentives To Local And Foreign EV Companies

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Senior government officials revealed that Tesla has requested provisional tariff concessions as a condition for establishing a manufacturing plant in India, but New Delhi opposes exemptions for specific companies.

According to government officials, India will provide equal incentives for local and foreign electric vehicle manufacturers. This statement comes amid discussions about potential import duty concessions for Tesla. Despite Tesla’s request for provisional tariff concessions as part of its plan to establish a manufacturing facility in India, New Delhi is not inclined to grant any specific company exemptions. An official emphasized the government’s focus on the entire industry rather than individual firms, noting the presence of strong domestic companies in the sector.

The government is currently devising a policy to encourage local production of electric cars. This policy development coincides with the entry plans of US-based Tesla and Vietnam’s VinFast into the Indian market. Local carmakers have expressed concerns that concessional tariffs for Tesla might negatively impact existing and future investments in electric vehicle production.

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Industry insiders, while yet to formally present objections, worry that lowered import duties for Tesla could unfairly benefit the American company, which has not made significant investments in India yet. Indian automotive leaders like Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra already manufacture EVs locally, and other companies such as Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai-Kia have planned substantial investments in battery production and electric vehicle launches by 2030.

The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade is holding discussions on a subsidy scheme for electric car manufacturers based on investment levels in local production. The government believes that local manufacturing will not only create jobs but also reduce car prices. Tesla is reportedly seeking lower customs duties on imported vehicles until its local factory is operational.

Discussions continue to set the investment thresholds for carmakers to qualify for the new local manufacturing promotion scheme. Minister for Commerce & Industry Piyush Goyal recently visited Tesla’s Fremont factory, highlighting the role of Indian engineers and the increasing involvement of Indian auto component suppliers in Tesla’s supply chain.

However, Goyal clarified that no decision has been made regarding Tesla’s entry into the Indian market. Following a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Tesla CEO Elon Musk expressed optimism about establishing a manufacturing base in India, stating the company’s intention to enter the market as soon as possible.

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Aryaman Raghuvanshi
Aryaman Raghuvanshi
Aryaman Raghuvanshi is a Journalist at EFY. His passion is to explore the future of mobility, which gets him to cover latest technologies shaping the future of automobiles and EVs. But, at times he writes on broader technologies too. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aryaman-raghuvanshi-2431b7153

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