Electric car company Tesla, which is founded by billionaire South African-American entrepreneur and CEO Elon Musk, is not in India due to “challenges with the government”. In a twitter reply to a user asking when the cars will feature on Indian roads, he said: “still working through a lot of challenges with the government”.
Musk has earlier stated that he wanted to sell Tesla cars in India since 2019, but issues including a the specifics of setting up a local factory and India’s 100% import duty have been holding the plans back. The Indian government had also asked the EV manufacturer to not use parts made in China and instead procure its supply locally.
The government is keen on getting Tesla to increase its local procurement and share manufacturing plans, while Tesla on its part wants reduced taxes so that cars can be imported cheaply into the country in an automobile market where budget is a top consideration.