Tesla founder Elon Musk mentioned on Saturday that his firm needs to launch vehicles in India, nevertheless, the nation’s import duties on electrical automobiles (EVs) are “highest in the world by far”.

Replying to a Twitter person who requested Musk to launch Tesla vehicles in India, he mentioned in a tweet, “We want to do [launch EVs in India] so, but import duties are the highest in the world by far of any large country! Moreover, clean energy vehicles are treated the same as diesel or petrol, which does not seem entirely consistent with the climate goals of India.”

The Tesla CEO expressed hope that there might be not less than a brief tariff aid for electrical automobiles.

“But we are hopeful that there will be at least a temporary tariff relief for electric vehicles. That would be much appreciated,” he additional tweeted.

When requested by one other Twitter person whether or not Tesla will domestically assemble automobiles in India, Musk mentioned: “If Tesla is able to succeed with imported vehicles, then a factory in India is quite likely.”

Tesla introduced its entry in India earlier this yr in January. The EV maker registered as Tesla India Motors in Karnataka, months after its CEO Elon Musk had hinted at Tesla’s entry into the nation.

The firm not too long ago added Hindi as one of many languages on its infotainment UI not too long ago.

Later, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari additionally mentioned Tesla is about to start out its operations in India by this yr and should arrange a producing unit as properly.

Tesla is but to arrange its personal manufacturing facility in India, the primary of its electrical automobiles for the Indian prospects are prone to be imported.


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