When Is Tesla Coming To India? Everything We Know So Far

Modified On Nov 24, 2023 10:28 PM By Rohit for Tesla Model 3

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Tesla could have a local manufacturing facility set up in the next two years to produce a made-in-India EV

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Back in June 2023 – when the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the US – Tesla’s founder, Elon Musk, had met him and confirmed that the EV marque will set foot in India. Fast forward to November and that’s yet to happen but it now seems much more on track. Here’s everything that’s known about Tesla’s India arrival so far:

Possible Reduction In Import Taxes

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The discussion around the Indian government’s import rates has been for long in motion, which has also been the key reason in the American EV maker’s delayed arrival to our shores. It now seems that global brands like Tesla could benefit from an upcoming tax reduction on EVs for a period of five years as the Indian government authorities have reportedly agreed upon but only if these EV makers commit to setting up local manufacturing in India.

First Few Models To Be Imports

Given the time that Tesla could take to have a manufacturing hub in India, it will first start by importing some of its global products here. While it was eyeing bringing electric cars from China, the ongoing geo-political tensions are likely to push Tesla to import models from its Germany plant.

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A New EV In The Making

Tesla's upcoming entry-level EV

In early 2023, we got to know that there’s a new entry-level electric vehicle being developed by Tesla. This upcoming EV is set to become Tesla's smallest and most cost-effective model, likely named the 'Model 2.' Based on the teaser, it appears to be a tall crossover with a steep roofline and prominent shoulder line. Its design is expected to borrow elements from Tesla's Model Y and Model 3, the midsized models in the lineup.

Which Ones Will Come To India First?

We think models such as the Tesla Model 3 and Tesla Model Y could come to India first via the import route, and both were spied on test a few times already. If reports are to be believed, Tesla could also introduce a small made-in-India EV down the line, which could be priced around the Rs 20 lakh mark (ex-showroom).

Local Manufacturing To Be Set Up Soon

Tesla Model Y

There have also been talks about the American EV maker starting the process of setting up a local manufacturing plant in India within the next two years. Gujarat, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu are the states that are the frontrunners trying to be chosen as the location for Tesla’s new facility, worth a reported investment of more than Rs 16,000 crore.

When do you want to see Tesla cars on our roads and which one do you think should come first? Let us know in the comments.

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