Tesla is finally coming to India and that is great news as we have been hearing the same for many years. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been vocal about India's plans and its interest to come to India but the cost factor could have kept them away. Also some time the Model 3 was still new and Tesla was coming to terms with the Model 3 production and fine tuning the car. Hence the India launch could have been delayed to the Model 3. Now with Model 3 established, Tesla is indeed seriously looking at India.
When will Tesla make cars in India?
Till now Tesla cars India launch news has been around a new Gigafactory being constructed in India but that will take a lot of time. Currently there are no specific announcements but just a tweet by Elon Musk saying that Tesla is coming to India. What this means is that there is no concrete news of a Tesla being made in India. Currently it has factories in the US of course but also China. Now making a factory in India to make Tesla cars would take time though Tesla has hinted to make a R&D facility in Bangalore to take advantage of the IT talent pool there. However Maharashtra Govt recently announced that it had a meeting with the Tesla team to invite them to set up a manufacturing plant there. The Govt is keen to push electric mobility and getting Tesla to make in India would be a great push for both the economy and also the new measures by the Govt. Do note that in 2015 our Prime Minister Narendra Modi also visited Tesla HQ.
Tesla India Launch Details
Hence while a location for a factory and if Tesla wants to make cars here will take time, the immediate solution that Tesla has would be to import cars to India. That is how Tesla can quickly launch itself in India. It would most likely have dealerships in few of the top cities and also set up some superchargers in few cities where they would be sold. Tesla will have no choice but to first import cars from its China factory and that in current circumstances might be tricky but it is the only option that Tesla has to quickly start India sales operations.
Tesla Model 3 India Launch
No doubt the first launch for India from Tesla would be the Model 3. It is among the most affordable cars that Tesla makes and it is also sold in many other countries plus it has been the most mass produced Tesla car. The Model 3 still will not be cheap when it comes to India. As an import CBU unit, the Model 3 cheapest version would cross Rs 50 lakh as it competes with the BMW 3 Series and more kind of compact cars. The Model 3 also got an update recently and the new Model 3 with the facelift is what we would be getting with the design and interior updates along with a longer range. The facelift Model 3 that India will get has new interior colour options and more luxury plus it has a bigger range at nearly 570 km plus updates to the infotainment system.
Tesla Buying Experience
There is no traditional Tesla showroom or test drive experience. Tesla does differently and has private run showrooms because then the cost of the car is lowered with no middle man involved. That also means you can buy a Tesla first via the website or visit the stores. Plus interestingly Tesla lest you keep the car for a few days before you can return it and make up your mind to buy one. Mind you these are for the US and in India it is remaining to see what business model Tesla will have.
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