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Elon Musk Confirms Tesla India Debut After Meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Modified On Jun 21, 2023 12:59 PM By Tarun for Tesla Model 3

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The Model 3 and Model Y could be Tesla’s debut cars in India

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BIG NEWS! Tesla India launch has just been confirmed by the brand’s boss, Elon Musk. The Twitter CEO met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the latter’s visit to the US, where they talked about several issues ranging from energy to spirituality. 

In a public interview, Elon Musk said, "It was a fantastic meeting with the Prime Minister and I like him quite a lot. He visited our factory a few years ago. So, we have known each other for a while." 

"I am incredibly excited about the future of India. I think India has more promise than any large country in the world," he added.

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When is Tesla coming, then?

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Musk also said that Tesla will be in India as soon as humanly possible. The Prime Minister has invited the Tesla founder to explore significant investment opportunities in India. This further strengthens the reports that Tesla is planning to set up a factory in India and sell locally produced EVs. This will ensure lower prices of the still premium EVs. 

Tesla talks so far

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The Tesla-India talks have seen several ups and downs over the years. The electric carmaker even registered its office in Bengaluru and we spotted several test mules of the Model 3 too. However, high import taxes were the main hurdle which made Tesla sceptical about its India move. The American carmaker’s request for lower tariffs on pure EVs was shot down and the company was uncertain about making manufacturing investments without being able to test the market with its products first.

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The carmaker currently has the Model 3, Model Y, Model X, and Model S on sale globally. India might get the Model 3 sedan and Model Y crossover at first. The Cybertruck will be globally launched sometime in 2024, while the carmaker is also readying up a new entry-level EV

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Jun 21, 2023, 12:30:42 PM

Have they agreed to lower the import duty? That was the main issue

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