Tesla Scouts For Locations In India For A Proposed $2Bn-$3Bn Electric Car Plant

Tesla is gearing up to dispatch a team to India to scout for potential sites for a proposed $2bn-$3bn electric car plant, the Financial Times reported. This development marks a significant stride towards manufacturing vehicles in the Indian market.

What Happened: This move follows New Delhi’s decision to slash tariffs on imported electric vehicles (EVs) last month. This tariff reduction was a condition that Tesla had been lobbying for as a prerequisite for investing in India.

The government recently unveiled an e-vehicle incentive scheme that offers significant tax breaks to global EV giants like Tesla, provided they commit to investing at least $500 million in local manufacturing efforts.

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The American EV behemoth plans to deploy a team by late April to examine potential sites for the plant, with a focus on states with established automotive hubs such as Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Tamil Nadu. The company may also contemplate potential sites in and around the capital, New Delhi.

The proposed investment in the Indian car plant could be one of India’s largest inward foreign investments, with suppliers expected to invest billions more. The factory is anticipated to achieve a production capacity of up to 500,000 cars a year when it reaches full capacity.

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