New Delhi: In the latest update on Tesla in India plans, CEO Elon Musk has said the company will not manufacture cars in India unless it is allowed to sell and provide service to its electric vehicles. On Starlink, he said that SpaceX is still waiting for the Indian government’s approval.Also Read – Like Tesla, SpaceX To Accept Dogecoin Payments For Merchandise Soon
“Tesla will not put a manufacturing plant in any location where we are not allowed first to sell and service cars,” Musk tweeted late on Friday. He was responding to a user asking about the company ‘s manufacturing plans for India. Responding to another follower on Starlink, Musk said: “We are waiting for government approval”. Also Read – Elon Musk Tops The Chart Of 10 Highest Paid CEOs Of The Fortune 500. Check Full List HERE
Union Ministers, especially Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, have been asking Musk to come and manufacture electric cars in India. The team Musk hired in India last year has now been diverted to focus on the Middle-East and the larger Asia-Pacific markets. The move appears to be a retaliation as the Indian government has not accepted the demand by Musk to reduce import duties on Tesla vehicles. Also Read – FASTag: How To Check Balance Online, Using SMS | A Step-by-step Guide
Here’s your 10-point guide for this big story:
- From Telangana Minister for Industries, KT Rama Rao, to Maharashtra Minister and state NCP President Jayant Patil, several Indian leaders have made repeated appeals to Musk to bring Tesla to India but to no avail.
- During the ‘Raisina Dialogue 2022’ last month, Gadkari said that if Musk wants to manufacture in China and sell Tesla cars here, “it cannot be a good proposition for India”.
- Earlier in February, Gadkari had said that Musk has to manufacture in India first in order to roll out Tesla cars on the roads.
- Musk had tweeted that he faced challenges from the government for releasing its products in India. “Tesla isn’t in India yet due to “Challenges with the government,” he posted.
- Currently, India levies 100 per cent tax on the imported cars of price more than $40,000 (Rs 30 lakhs), inclusive of insurance and shipping expenses, and cars less than $40,000 are subject to 60 per cent import tax.
- Musk has said that he wants to launch cars in India but the country’s import duties on EVs are “highest in the world by far”.
- Meanwhile, SpaceX satellite internet service Starlink is available in 32 countries, up from 25 countries reported earlier this year.
- In India, the government had told Starlink to stop “booking/rendering the satellite internet service” in the country without a licence.
- Sanjay Bhargava, India Director for Starlink, stepped down earlier this year amid the government pressure.
- The Elon Musk-owned company also informed some individuals in the country that it will refund their pre-orders.
(With IANS inputs)