Tesla Motors is all set to enter India by mid 2017 and prior to that, three states are contending against each other to seal the deal for the electric carmaker's battery plant. Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Telangana are trying to woo the US-based electric carmaker to setup a factory, while offering SEZs and port access along with other sops. Tesla Boss Elon Musk had said, after visit of PM Narendra Modi to Tesla factory, that it would enter the Indian market with the Model 3 in 2018. But before its launch, Tesla would build infrastructure by setting up a network of superchargers across the country for the convenience of car owners.
Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu, Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao and Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis have sent representatives to Tesla headquarters, in what seems to be an attempt to convince the Elon Musk, regarding the advantages of setting up manufacturing facilities in their respective states, stated TV reports on Wednesday. On the condition of anonymity, a senior AP government official, while speaking to TOI, revealed that Andhra Pradesh is indeed contending for Tesla manufacturing unit and the AP government delegations had visited Tesla Motors’ assembly plant a couple of times over the last one year and held discussions over energy efficiency. However, top brass of Telangana government outrightly denied any such development.
Tesla Motors' first Gigafactory is all set to be inaugurated in Nevada. It is one of the largest plants in the world for manufacturing lithium-ion batteries which power the electric cars of the company. Hence, the three states are desperately trying to clinch the deal. Recently, even Union Road, Transport & Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari too had visited Tesla Motors' factory in San Francisco and urged Elon Musk to set up facilities in India through a joint venture with Indian auto players. He offered Tesla access to major Indian ports to export cars to South and East Asian markets, while suggesting that the company should make India its Asian manufacturing hub.
Note: The image is of Tesla's Gigafactory in Nevada