Elon Musk explains why he doesn’t build Tesla cars in India: The Tribune India

New Delhi, May 28

Breaking his silence about India’s plans, Elon Musk said Tesla will not manufacture cars in India unless it is allowed to sell and service its electric cars.

On Starlink, he said SpaceX is still waiting for the approval of the Indian government.

“Tesla will not put a plant anywhere where we are not allowed to sell and service cars first,” Musk wrote on Twitter late Friday.

Reply to a user asking about the company’s manufacturing plans for India.

In response to another Starlink follower, he said, “We are waiting for the government’s approval.”

Union ministers, especially the Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, are continuing to reach out to Musk to come and manufacture electric cars in India.

The team Musk hired in India last year has now been shifted to focus on the Middle East and the larger Asia Pacific markets.

Tesla’s move appears to have been retaliation because the Indian government did not accept Musk’s request to reduce import duties on Tesla cars.

From Telangana’s Minister of Industry, KT Rama Rao, to Maharashtra State Minister and state National Congress Party Chairman Jayant Patel, many Indian leaders have made repeated pleas to Musk to bring Tesla to India but to no avail.

During the “Raisina 2022 Dialogue” last month, Gadkari said that if Musk wanted to manufacture in China and sell Tesla cars here, it “couldn’t be a good show for India”.

“We asked him to come to India and manufacture here. We don’t have problems. Vendors are there, we provide all kinds of technology and because of that, Mask can reduce the cost.

“India is a huge market and offers good export opportunities as well. Musk can export Tesla cars from India,” he told the audience.

Earlier in February, Gadkari said Musk would have to manufacture in India first in order to put Tesla cars on the roads.

Musk wrote on Twitter that he faced challenges from the government to launch its products in India. “Tesla is not in India yet because of ‘challenges with the government,'” he wrote.

Currently, India levies a 100 percent tax on imported cars over $40,000 (30,000 rupees), including insurance and freight, and cars under $40,000 are subject to a 60 percent import tax.

Musk said he wants to launch cars in India, but that import duties on electric cars in the country are “by far the highest in the world”.

Meanwhile, SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet service is available in 32 countries, compared to 25 reported earlier this year.

In India, the government has asked Starlink to stop “reserving/providing satellite internet” in the country without a license.

Sanjay Bhargava, director of India’s Starlink, resigned earlier this year amid government pressure.

The Elon Musk-owned company has also notified some individuals in the country that it will return their pre-orders.

Ian

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