Tesla Enters India: Registered as ‘Tesla India Motors’ in Bengaluru
By: Ashwathy Nair
- R&D unit in Bengaluru has been set by the carmaker, the CM confirmed it on Twitter.
- Karnataka will be leading the journey of India towards Green Mobility.
- The company is in talks with other states like Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh.
After numerous talks regarding the entry of American electric carmaker Tesla in India, it has finally chosen Bengaluru to start with its operation. Tesla has arrived in India with registering its company as ‘Tesla India Motors’. The carmaker has been successful in setting up an R&D unit in Bengaluru, the Chief Minister confirmed it through Twitter.
The tweet by Mr Yediyurappa stated that “Karnataka will be leading the journey of India towards Green Mobility. Tesla, the Electric Vehicle Manufacturer will be soon starting up with its operations in India with an R&D unit in Bengaluru. Welcoming Elon Musk to India and Karnataka, wishing him all the very best.”
The company is also getting in touch with as many as five state governments to set up its operations in the country.
On 8th January, Tesla Motors India and Energy Private Limited were incorporated with the registered office of Tesla in Bengaluru, which is a hub for numerous global technology companies.
The Indian unit has three directors, listing Vaibhav Taneja, Venkatrangam Sreeram and David Feinstein, who is currently a senior executive at Tesla, as per his LinkedIn profile.
Tesla is in talks with other states such as Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, and Tamil Nadu.
The entry of Tesla into the Indian market in the year 2021 was confirmed by Elon Musk. Last year in the month of December, in a reply to a post with a photograph of a T-shirt, with the message saying “India wants Tesla”, Elon Musk stated on his Twitter replying to it by saying “Next year for sure”.
Tesla’s arrival in India was also announced by the Union Minister, Nitin Gadkari. The transport minister, Mr Gadkari, in December stated that Tesla Model 3 will be launching first in India.
The cheapest among Tesla vehicles are Model 3, with a price that starts at roughly ₹55 lakhs will be the first model that is to be launched. The bookings for Tesla will apparently be starting in January.
When Prime Minister Narendra Modi is highly focusing on promoting the use of electric vehicles, at that time, Tesla is kicking off with its operation in India.
Tesla earlier in 2016 had plans to enter India but it never went ahead with its operations after the announcement apparently due to the issue with the changing import policies and dismal infrastructure for electric vehicles.