Elon Musk, Co-founder and CEO of Tesla Motors has confirmed on Twitter that the electric vehicle manufacturer is all set to launch in India this summer.
Tesla had already announced plans to install their plant in India and bring its electric sedans and SUVs to the country by 2017, according to a report by Pratik Rakshit in India Today.
@elonmusk eagerly waiting for Tesla to launch in India. Any plans to do it? If so then WHEN?â€” Ishan Goel (@goel_ishan) February 7, 2017
@goel_ishan Hoping for summer this yearâ€” Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 7, 2017
Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari had visited the Tesla factory in USA last year and had urged the company to set up base and make India its Asia manufacturing hub, the report says.
In order to boost exports to South and South East Asian countries, he had also offered the company land near major Indian ports.
Gadkari also offered to promote joint ventures between Tesla and Indian automobile firms to produce pollution-free road transport in India, the report adds.
On April 1, 2016, Musk had tweeted about the impending launch of electric cars in India and said that the incoming Model 3 will be launched in new markets including India, Brazil, South Africa, South Korea, New Zealand, Singapore and Ireland.
Tesla's most affordable electric car at $35,000 (Rs 23 lakh approx), deliveries for the Model 3 will start at the end of 2017. With a range of 346 km on a single charge, the car is said to reach a speed of 60 miles per hour in just 6 seconds, the report adds.