According to reports by Reuters and The Indian Express, Tesla is slated to begin operations in India come next year, starting with sales. Then, the carmaker may look into assembly and manufacturing afterwards, said India’s Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways and the Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Nitin Gadkari.
Elon Musk himself has tweeted that Tesla’s launch in India won’t happen in January 2021, but confirmed that it will definitely take place in the same year. Look:
Tesla will reportedly launch the Model 3 in India first, the most affordable vehicle in its lineup. It is projected to sell for 5.5 million Indian rupees, or about P3.6 million in local currency. Sales, however, is only expected to happen during the second half of the year.
Now, does Tesla’s new venture mean that expanding to Southeast Asian countries, say, ours, is in the pipeline? We can’t really say for certain. All we know is that we have a ways to go before our market can widely adopt electric vehicles.