Tesla May Come to India
Tesla CEO Elon Musk once again vowed to make India its next big market. Breaking his silence on India after 10 months, Musk tweeted late on Friday that he would prefer to stay in India in 2019 or next year.
“Would love to be there this year. If not, then definitely the next India!”, Musk tweeted in response to a question.
His comments came after Musk blamed the preventive policies of the Government of India for leaving his Indian dreams.
Musk also blamed FDI norms for delays in the entry of the electric car maker in the Indian market.
Earlier this year, Tesla’s chief financial officer Deepak Ahuja announced his retirement from the firm, thus blocking India’s dream of Musk again.
Mask wanted to drive Tesla in India in 2017 and Ahuja, who worked out of San Carlos headquarters in Tesla, left the company in 2015 only in 2017.
In May last year, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk had said that he would still like to take Tesla Electric cars out of India, but strict government rules have forced him to break his plans.
“Some challenging government rules, unfortunately,” Musk tweeted in response to a Twitter user who wrote “No Tesla in India” on his Twitter handle.
“Deepak Ahuja, our CFO, is from India. Tesla will be there as soon as he believes we want,” Musk said, also the founder of SpaceX.
Tesla was hoping to enter India with Model 3, which sells for around $ 35,000 (about Rs 24,14,000).
In 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Tesla headquarter in Palo Alto, California and met Musk, who visited Modi’s company’s electric car plant.