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Tesla coming to India in 2021, ‘Next year for sure’ says CEO Elon Musk

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Tesla Inc. Founder & CEO Elon Musk has confirmed that the electric mobility company will foray into the Indian market in 2021. The brand’s chief on the social media platform, Twitter replied with ‘Next year for sure’ on a post which had a ‘Tesla for India’ printed on a T-Shirt, indicating that the brand is getting ready to launch its state-of-the-art products in the Indian market. 

This is not the first time Elon Musk has shown interest in the Indian market and in the recent past, the Founder of Tesla Inc. was seen replying to a tweet which enquired about the launch timeline for the Tesla 3 in India to which Elon Musk replied with “Sorry, should hopefully be soon!”, which could be interpreted to many things but leads us to believe that the brand plans to bring the Tesla Model 3 ‘Soon’ to India. Even in March 2019, Elon Musk has commented on Twitter, “Would love to be there (India) this year. If not, definitely next!”

Recently, the Government of India has also become focussed on increasing the use and manufacturing of electric vehicles. The Indian market is also planning to improve the electric ecosystem in the country to encourage more manufacturers to enter the electric mobility space. The Govt is also providing subsidiaries under the FAME II, Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India if the brand’s heavily localise electric vehicles. 

In the global market, Tesla sells the Model S, Model 3, Model X and the Model Y. For its entry into the Indian market, the brand could launch the fully electric vehicle Model 3 in its initial phase. The Tesla Model 3 powered by a dual-motor all-wheel-drive system with 402 km of range on a single charge on the standard trim and 522 km of range in a single charge on the performance and long-range trims. The Tesla Model 3 features digital torque control system for optimum traction control and comes with a top speed of 260 kmph. 

Tesla has also opened bookings on the Tesla Cybertruck in the international market. The Cybertruck is a geometric and futuristic SUV with a 100% electric powertrain available in three configurations – Rear Wheel Drive, All-Wheel Drive Dual Motor and All Wheel Drive Tri Motor. Customers in the Indian market do have a soft spot for SUVs and the approach has been evidently used by other brand’s with electric SUV offerings such as MG Motor’s ZS EV, Tata Nexon EV, Hyundai Kona Electric and the upcoming Mercedes-Benz EQC.