Tesla Hopes To Launch In India This Summer

4 months ago by Steven Loveday 7

Tesla allowed Model 3 pre--orders in India, but you can't order a Model S or X ... yet.

Tesla allowed Model 3 pre-orders in India, but you can’t order a Model S or X … yet.

Tesla is forever expanding in every way possible. Earlier this month, the electric vehicle maker officially entered the market in Portugal, following a myriad of requests, and even a video plea to Tesla CEO Elon Musk about nine months back. Now plans are set for India. While Tesla is not currently offering Model S and X orders in the country, Model 3 pre-orders were allowed.

While there are currently no Superchargers in India, Tesla announced plans to create a full-scale network in the country, in time for the Model 3.

United Arab Emirates’ Tesla owners followed suit and made their own video request for the company. As we reported last week, the company attended a “green festival” in Abu Dhabi and talk of the expansion was looming. Now, Tesla has “unofficially” told UAE citizens that it plans to open its first store in the area (in either Dubai or Abu Dhabi) next month.

The company will be quite busy next month, if it takes on India and the UAE simultaneously. However, realize that these are simply responses from Elon Musk, via Twitter, and while he has been notoriously dependable, no official details are available at this point. Tesla also has 2017 expansion plans for New Zealand, South Korea, and Taiwan.

India’s Road Transport and Highways Union Minister, Nitin Gadkari, visited Tesla’s Fremont factory about six months ago, with hopes to convince Elon Musk that India is a prime location for the company’s Asian manufacturing base. Tesla voiced optimism regarding the offerings from India, and has been working to expand vehicle offerings there ever since. India is working toward a goal of 100 percent electric vehicles by 2030. Due to the country’s significant pollution problem, India is already seeing a massive uptake of electric vehicles, with numbers growing to as much as 250,000 per month.

Source: Reuters

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7 responses to "Tesla Hopes To Launch In India This Summer"

  1. Roy_H says:

    ” India is already seeing a massive uptake of electric vehicles, with numbers growing as much as 250,000 per month.”

    What??? India has more EVs per month than the rest of the world per year? What brands? How come there isn’t more news about this?

    1. Mikael says:

      I am assuming that it includes electric bikes and mopeds.
      Something that China is selling by a couple of millions per month.

      It would be interesting where they got that number from though and what it includes.

    2. Nhteee says:

      Its fake news, 250 000 per month yet there are no charges.

      1. Nhteee says:

        Mean Public Chargers

  2. Miggy says:

    Tesla Hopes To Launch In India This Summer, Which and Whose Summer.
    Different parts of the World have Summer at different times of the year.

  3. Hari says:

    Nope! India is not seeing a massive uptake of electric vehicles. I’m from India and I follow this matter very closely. We have one sub-sub compact EV available and I double if they have sold a thousand of them in about ten years of its existence. The latest version of which is the only Li-ion offering of any kind (road worthy) in India right now. The sad state of things is that, we don’t even have a two wheeler EV uprising yet. I’m yet to see a public charger in India and I suspect probably the first one I see will be a Tesla Super Charger.

  4. Waiting for a test drive of tesla

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