The electric car market in India, which now accounts for a small portion of all the vehicles produced in the nation, might experience a major shift as a result of Tesla’s suggested strategy.
According to news agency Reuters, electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla has proposed building a facility in India to assemble its electric automobiles for both domestic and international sales. The news agency reported that the automaker has shown interest in establishing a facility in India to produce electric vehicles there, citing a source with firsthand knowledge of the situation.
The decision may completely alter the Indian EV market, which now accounts only a small portion of the nation’s overall car production. However, the business made no mention of reducing import duties on electric vehicles. This was the rationale for Tesla’s prior decision to postpone its plans to sell cars in India.
Tesla’s pricey electric vehicles are likely to drop significantly in price if it is successful in opening an EV manufacturing there. This week, senior Tesla officials are visiting India to meet with the government and talk about local part sourcing as well as other topics. Tesla put off selling cars in India for almost a year after failing to negotiate reduced import duties, which Tesla CEO Elon Musk claimed were among the highest in the world.
It should be mentioned that Tesla vehicles are expensive, and heavy import taxes would have made them unaffordable for most Indians. However, Tesla’s suggestion for local manufacture and sourcing of parts might make a significant difference and significantly lower the cost of its electric automobiles. If the idea is successful, it will benefit both Tesla and India, with the latter wanting to expand its supply chain outside of China and the former intent on becoming the global manufacturing hub.