NEW DELHI: Indians always have dreamt of owning an electric-powered car especially, from big manufacturers like Tesla. These dreams of many Indians can now see the light of the day if the car manufacturing company Tesla accepts the invitation of India Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.
The Union Minister of roads and highway invited Elon Musk-ran Tesla to come to India and manufacture electric cars. During his speech at ‘India Today Conclave 2021’, Nitin Gadkari said “I have told Tesla that doesn’t sell electric cars manufactured in China, in India. You should manufacture electric cars in our country, and also export cars from India”.
The Union Minister showed the government’s interest in helping Tesla with any help that is needed or arises if the company starts manufacturing in India. “Whatever support you (Tesla) want, will be provided by our government“, Gadkari added.
Earlier, Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla company, had talked about his motives to start a manufacturing company in India. But he could not build a new market for his company due to India’s import duties. “We want to do so, but import duties are the highest in the world by far of any large country!”, Elon Musk wrote on Twitter.
India charges 100 per cent tax on imported cars of price more than Rs 30 lakh inclusive of insurance and shipping expenses. Nitin Gadkari, during his speech, said the government may think about giving some concession to the company on import duties if there is an opening of Tesla’s manufacturing company in India.
Currently, Nitin Gadkari informed that he is in dialogues with Tesla’s officials, and some results can soon out if the company agrees with the tax concessions. The EV company had already urged the government to drop import tax from 100 to 40 per cent on EVs. Tesla also plans to open a manufacturing unit in Karnataka once it gets successful in its import market.