The Economic Times of India is reporting that Model 3 fever is taking over in India too.

India is one of the 7 new countries added to availability for the Model 3, S and X. Additionally, Musk has promised that a Supercharger network is coming to India, so the Tesla fever is heating up there now.

Chetan Maini, founder of India's Reva Electric Car Company, is one of the Tesla Model 3 reservation holders in India. Maini stated:

"The Model 3 has a potential to dramatically shift the market perspective on electric cars from niche to mainstream. Though mainstream for the US, (it) is borderline luxury in India. Here, I think a lot of luxury customers will look at Tesla as an option in the future."

Mahindra Reva e2o Or Tesla Model 3?

Mahindra Reva e2o Or Tesla Model 3?

Import duties in India will make the Model 3 much more expensive than it is in the U.S., provided those duties remain in place when the car launches there in a few year's time.

Vijay Shekhar Sharma, founder of mobile marketplace and payments company Paytm, also reserved a Model 3. He stated:

"I actually have been trying to get a Tesla ever since they launched a right-hand drive model."

Mainly wealthy individuals in India formed the rest of the Model 3 reservation lines.

The Economic Times of India reached out to the deputy director-general of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers with some questions regarding the Model 3. Here's what the news site discovered:

"While the price of a Model 3, the cheapest Tesla yet, starts at $35,000, import duties as they stand now will make it much more expensive. If the electric car is imported into India in one piece and costs over $40,000, the import duty will be 100%, said Sugato Sen, deputy director-general of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers. Below $40,000, the import duty will be 60%. If it is a completely-knocked-down unit that will be assembled here, it will be taxed at 10%."

Oddly, Nissan still refuses to sell the LEAF in India due to lack of a charging infrastructure, yet Tesla will soon make available all 3 of its electric cars there.

Source: ETA