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Tesla vehicles are now being privately imported in India as official launch is being delayed

India is the biggest automotive market that Tesla has yet to enter. The company had previously announced expansion plans in the country, but those have been delayed following difficulties navigating the local regulations regarding importations versus domestic manufacturing.

In the meantime, locals have started importing Tesla’s vehicles into the country privately.

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Tesla is negotiating with Indian government to start importing vehicles and build a factory

EV enthusiasts from India have been waiting for Tesla to enter the market for a long time and they have recently been putting pressure on the company and the government to move ahead.

CEO Elon Musk now confirmed that Tesla is in discussions with the government of India to request “temporary relief on import penalties/restrictions” at least until Tesla can build a local factory.

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Elon Musk explains why Tesla is not selling in India, gov says they should build a factory

Earlier this year, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that he was hoping for the automaker to launch in the country this summer.

But he expressed concerns last week about local regulations preventing a launch. The government is now reassuring the company that could sell in India, but they seem to be insisting that they would have to manufacture locally.

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India’s transport Minister visits Tesla, offers up land for factory in the country

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Flashback to when we reported that India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, met with some executives at Tesla, we now have, via the Indian Express, learned that India’s Transport and Highways Minister, Nitin Gadkari, met with Tesla executives on the 15th to talk about introducing and increasing the adoption of “pollution-free road transport” with a focus on commercial and public vehicles i.e trucks, buses and two-wheelers.

Nitin hopes to accomplish this by having Tesla settle in India to create an “Asian manufacturing and assembly hub”. Gadkari goes on to state:

“the Indian government is committed to encouraging alternate pollution-free transport in the country by providing incentives to bio-fuel, CNG, ethanol and electric vehicles.”

Further, in his meeting with the Tesla team, he “offered up land near major Indian ports to facilitate export of their vehicles to South and South East Asian countries.”



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