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Old 1st November 2017, 12:12   #136
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That is no shock. China's car market is over six times that of India. So Tesla will want to be there. We should try to be next in line.
Add to the fact that China has strong incentives for electric cars.
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TESLA delays its India plans. Attributed the delay to navigating the local regulations regarding importations versus domestic manufacturing

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but they actually assumed that Tesla would open a factory in India in order to sell cars in the country, but like almost all markets outside the US, Tesla first planned to import vehicles.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that Tesla had plans to enter the country last year, but those plans have been delayed.
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It followed some confusion over Tesla’s ability to even import its vehicles in India that came to light earlier this year.

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: It sounds like the company would like a deal to be able to import its electric vehicles without penalties until they can produce them in the country with a new factory.


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Elon Musk tweets on TESLA coming to India - 2019? Government regulations to be blamed for the delay!

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I read that some rationalisation has taken place. I wait for the details before commenting. I still say, a lot of this was all sorts of vehicles being called hybrids after the odd-even rule. The new e'way contributes far more to pollution control.
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: It sounds like the company would like a deal to be able to import its electric vehicles without penalties until they can produce them in the country with a new factory.


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Why would Elon Musk expect such a deal when USA themselves are pushing "Made in America"? They are already planing to impose tariffs on all kinds of goods. So if Elon Musk wants to sell something, he has to make it here. There should be no consessions if he is trying to import. Period.
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Elon Musk may visit India in early 2019!

Fresh from a three-day trip to China, Musk was asked about a potential India visit by a Twitter user on July 12. To which he replied : "Prob early next year"

A fan of Indian food, Elon Musk has visited the country at least once before. That was in 2007 when he attended the International Astronautical Congress held in Hyderabad.
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Tesla gears up for Model 3 in India.

Musk revealed on Twitter that he recently asked his service team to expand to all population regions (not just major metros) in North America, Eastern Europe, China, and Japan by the end of next year.

Would establish 'Partial' presence in India in late 2019 and expand further.

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An open letter to Elon Musk about Tesla’s future in India.

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Before having Tesla Motors here, would recommend Tesla Energy comes first.

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Well, money making is not Elon’s end goal. Yes, Tesla needs to make money to accelerate. meant to say is that it can make less money instead of leaving a whole market where acceleration to EVs is must. India is one such market.
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- EVs need to be more affordable to be a mass market success in India. Tesla need to make a $20-25k model.

- Future model to consider building for Asian and African markets, try to at least have its ground clearance around 180-200 mm.

- To make the standard battery as big as possible. And, remove features like AP hardware and glass roof. Have them on higher versions and optional on standard. A very cheap model is a must.

- TRY TO HAVE A GIGAFACTORY

- to have a sedan for here. A bit narrower than the Model 3, with a length nearly 4 meters, as the space in general allows here. The SUV trend is also increasing in India. An Audi Q3-sized SUV will be appreciated in future. A small SUV would also work as Tesla starts expanding its products in India.

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Tesla needs to sell large thousand of cars every year to price them competitive. I do not see that happening in the near future. They have a good chance with Tesla energy not just in the automotive sector but also other areas like replacing diesel generators. Few years of energy followed by cars would work.
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People are begging Tesla to come as if they sell free cars which can run forever for free.

I'd rather see BYD come to India. Some of their offerings like the Tang and Yuan are very nice.

Also cars like Zoe, Volkswagen ID, Kona and Niro EV plus our electric from Maruti, Tata and Mahindra.

Infact the first thing the government should do is to start replacing the old diesel buses with electrics, and come up with a national network of fast chargers.
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Is 2020 the year we can see Tesla officially launch in India?

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However, remember we are now a big market. Also, the Tesla philosophy of in-house servicing may need to be reconsidered. India will probably require a third party network for service and maintenance.
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Is 2020 the year we can see Tesla officially launch in India?
Or maybe 2021,2022 or 2030? Elon Musk's infamous tweets are far from reliable. All he does is, give hope and push the deadline to the next year.

Unless the govt slashes CBU import duty for electric cars specifically, I don't see Tesla coming anytime soon. If it's the CKD route then they ought to have already started setting up base to be able to roll out cars in the near future.

Moreover, they are struggling with fulfilling their order books all over hence it would be foolish for them to even consider expanding with such supply constraints.
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Old 17th March 2019, 13:01   #149
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Gents - a noob question here, how much success you foresee for Tesla in India, when it comes to mass adoption ? Here in UK, with all/most of the variables placed favourably, I spot a Tesla once a month (I.e. mass adoption is still some time away in future). The same is the scene in Germany (you'll have to keep looking to spot a Tesla).

In Indian context, with the price sensitivities in place, along with the other challenges, where do you see it standing in terms of sales numbers ?
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Gents - a noob question here, how much success you foresee for Tesla in India, when it comes to mass adoption ? Here in UK, with all/most of the variables placed favourably, I spot a Tesla once a month (I.e. mass adoption is still some time away in future). The same is the scene in Germany (you'll have to keep looking to spot a Tesla).

In Indian context, with the price sensitivities in place, along with the other challenges, where do you see it standing in terms of sales numbers ?
It's going to be a niche product, though I'm pretty sure if Tesla were to be launched here, it would gain traction, especially in metros. I think the Indian Govt. should reduce the duty and perhaps reduce the GST slab on electric cars and bikes. Simultaneously, increase the duty on ICE cars and invest it in battery recycling factories and charging infrastructure.

If Teslas are considerably less expensive than their German counterparts, that would make a small positive impact for sure. The more people see it as a status symbol, they more likely they're going to replace their German luxury car with it. Also, if even a single ICE car can be taken off the road, that's fantastic for the air we breathe and the money we spend on petrol, which is considerably more expensive than generating electricity by burning coal or nuclear power.

Sorry for the rather long winded answer to a very specific question, I'm hoping to start a wider discussion here
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