Tesla drives into India through Bengaluru

Andrew Cummings
January 13, 2021

Tesla India has registered itself a company entity in India.

Tesla will be starting a research and development centre in Bengaluru, Karnataka.

Tesla India Motors and Energy Pvt.

The unit named Tesla India Motors and Energy Private Ltd was incorporated in Bengaluru on January 8, and Vaibhav Taneja, Venkatrangam Sreeram, and David Jon Feinstein have been named as directors, according to disclosures with the corporate affairs ministry.

Earlier, the Maharashtra government had said it is looking for potential investment from Tesla in the state and held discussions with the company. This can be an inflection point for electric mobility in India and might convince many prospective customers to consider buying an EV in the future. Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari had said last month that Tesla will begin operations with sales in early 2021 and then "maybe" look at assembling and manufacturing vehicles in the country.

Musk had, in fact, set off speculation in October on what place he would choose for an India entry when he tweeted "next year for sure" In response to a question from a Tesla fan club Twitter handle on when the company would start operations in the country.

Musk, who recently became the wealthiest individual in the world overtaking Amazon Inc. founder Jeff Bezos, also enjoys a cult-figure like status in India as he does overseas, adding to the growing demand for Tesla and its products.

The Karnataka government has already proposed a list of locations, Tumkur being one, to Tesla for setting up its manufacturing facility.

In 2019, replying to a Twitter query, Musk had said he "would love to be there this year".

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