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Tesla Model 3 could be launched ‘Soon’ in India

Written by Nizam Shaikh

California-based American electric vehicle and clean energy company Tesla, Inc. announced its Vehicle Production & Delivery performance for the Q2 of 2020 on 02 July 2020 and the brand announced that despite their main factory in Fremont was shut down for much of the quarter, the brand has ramped up production with over 82,000 vehicles produced and approximately 90,650 vehicles delivered.

The very next day we saw the Founder and largest shareholder of the company, Elon Musk 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. 

For the uninitiated, the Tesla Model 3 is the brand’s entry-level fully electric vehicle powered by a dual-motor all-wheel-drive system with digital torque control for optimum traction control and top-speed of 260 kmph and a claimed range of 402 km on a single charge on the standard trim and 522 km on the performance and long-range trim. 

The Tesla Model 3 also features futuristic styling and comes with a closed front fascia with air intakes on the lower air dam, sweptback LED headlamps, rounded wheel arches, 18-inch alloy wheels, flush-mounted door handles, a large glasshouse with a full glass roof that starts from the front to the rear deck, LED combination tail lamps and a spoiler integrated rear deck. 

On the interiors, the Tesla Model 3 features minimalistic design inside the cabin that features a multilayered dashboard with a centrally mounted 15-inch touchscreen with features such Over-The-Air (OTA) software update system, a control mounted steering wheel, contoured seats, dual wireless smartphone charging pads, Autopilot advanced Safety and Convenience features etc. 

The Indian market has been warming up to electric vehicles and with development of electric infrastructure, India will soon have an ecosystem that supports fast charging in the near future and many new electric vehicles such as the Hyundai Kona, Tata Nexon and MG ZS EV have been launched to the Indian market with a decent amount of success. But India is a price-sensitive market and Tesla seems reluctant to launch the Model 3 with high excise and customs duty making it a novelty vehicle killing the whole purpose of the Model 3. 

The Tesla Model 3 in the North American costs USD 33,690 for the standard variant and USD 50,690 for the top-spec Performance trim.