Indian government on Saturday invited electronics and connected car leader Tesla to set up manufacturing plant in India and explore the country as its Asia manufacturing hub.
Union Minister of Road Transport, Highways & Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari proposed to the Tesla senior executives to make India their Asia manufacturing hub and offered land near major Indian ports to facilitate export of their vehicles to South and South East Asian countries.
He visited Tesla factory near San Francisco in USA yesterday and offered to promote joint ventures between the global leaders in electric car manufacturing and the Indian automobile companies with a view to introducing pollution free road transport in India, especially commercial and public motor vehicles.
Gadkari said the Indian Government was committed to encouraging alternate pollution free transport in the country by providing incentives to bio-fuel, CNG, Ethanol and electric vehicles.
Tesla, founded by Elon Musk, started its connected car journey leveraging the power of internet of things (IoT) in 2012 with the launch of of its first car Model-S. With that it showed the world the power of true connected car with APIs that that could remotely access a vehicle’s data and fix issues with over-the-air updates. The company also recently launched its first driver-less car.
Tesla senior executive admitted that their manufacturing hub has to be outside the US for markets in rest of the world and appreciated the Indian offer of cooperation which they said will certainly be considered at the appropriate time in future. They said India will definitely be a market for their next generation low cost sustainable model-3.
Replying to specific queries from the Transport and Highways Minister regarding manufacturing of electric trucks, buses and two wheelers, Tesla team said they have future plans for trucks and pick up vans but not buses and two-wheelers. They evinced keen interest in knowing whether there was any subsidy on electric vehicles in India. Gadkari asked Tesla executives to outline their proposals for entry into Indian market.