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Tesla To Commence India Operations By Early 2021, Confirms Nitin Gadkari

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Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways and MSME, Nitin Gadkari has confirmed that the electric giant will come to India in next year.

CEO Elon Musk had earlier confirmed that Tesla will enter the Indian market by 2021. expand View Photos
CEO Elon Musk had earlier confirmed that Tesla will enter the Indian market by 2021.

Highlights

  • Tesla reportedly will start its India operations in early 2021
  • The first electric car to come to India will be the Model 3
  • The Tesla Model 3 is likely to be priced around Rs. 55 lakh

Tesla, the American electric carmaker is expected to make its debut in the Indian market by early next year. The company reportedly will be accepting pre-bookings for the Model 3 and deliveries will follow later in the year, probably by the end of the first quarter of 2021-22. In a recent interview with Indian Express, the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways and MSME, Nitin Gadkari has confirmed that the electric giant will start operations in the country by early 2021.

Also Read: Report: Tesla Likely To Come To India By Jan 2021, Model 3 To Be Launched By Q1 FY2022​

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Tesla is exploring options to open an R&D centre and a battery manufacturing facility in India

Nitin Gadkari told Indian Express, "Tesla will start operations first with sales and then maybe look at assembly and manufacturing based on the response to the cars. India is going to become a number 1 manufacturing hub for auto in five years."

It was earlier this year in October when CEO Elon Musk confirmed Tesla's entry into the Indian market by 2021. This information was revealed by Musk while replying to a Tweet from a handle - 'Tesla Club India'. Moreover, the electric vehicle manufacturer is also exploring options to open an R&D centre and a battery manufacturing facility in India.

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The Tesla Model 3 will come to India as a completely built-up (CBU) unit 

Also Read: Tesla Model Y Makes Its Debut As A Police Car In New York​

Tesla is expected to make its India debut with the Model 3, which reportedly could be a more affordable version. Moreover, it will come to India as Completely Built-Up (CBU) unit. Likely to be priced somewhere around ₹ 55 lakh, it might not be retailed in the country via dealerships as the EV will be handing direct sales. However, there is no official confirmation from the company regarding the same.

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