TESLA, the American electric car manufacturer, may finally hit Indian roads this summer. The company had first hinted plans to enter Indian market last year, and finally Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed India launch plans by replying to an auto-enthusiast on Twitter saying they might finally break ice this year. There’s nothing concrete on the India launch plans yet, but Musk being Musk, one can be positive that this proposition will work out soon.
What does it mean for India?
For those users concerned about network of chargers to power Tesla’s electric cars in India, Musk had previously confirmed that the car would come with an India-wide supercharger network. To refresh, Superchargers can charge Tesla cars from 0 to 100 percent in roughly 75 minutes and are currently offered free of cost to those who own Tesla cars.
The electric car segment in India has little competition, with Mahindra’s e2o Plus being the current leader. Once Tesla joins in, existing Indian car manufacturers will need to amp up their game in order to stay relevant. Tata Motor’s newly launched TAMO brand is expected to come up with something exciting soon.
Tesla in 2016 added India to the list of countries which could pre-order Tesla Model 3 (prices start $35,000 or near about INR 23 lacs). Whosoever is concerned about the charging of Tesla’s electric cars in India, Musk had earlier confirmed that the car would be launched along with a nation-wide supercharger network. To the uninitiated, Superchargers can charge Tesla cars from 0 to 100 percent in a time period of 75 minutes, and it’s available for free to people who own Tesla cars. Whether or not it will be free for Model 3 owners in India is not known.
Musk had even given out plans for manufacturing operations with Gigafactory installations in India and other countries owing to the high demand for his batteries and for long-term sustainability of his business. Tesla entering India this year also aligns well with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to generate 175 Gigawatts of clean energy by 2022 for the country, and Gigafactories could very well help realize these goals.
PM Narendra Modi had even visited the American automotive company in 2015 where he has expressed interest in using Tesla’s power storage technologies in rural areas of India to help farmers.