The billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk made it clear that he has still some plans to bring his electronic car Tesla to India.
“Would love to be there this year. If not, definitely next!” Tesla’s billionaire chief executive officer said in a Twitter post, nearly ten months after he blamed restrictive policy for delaying the carmaker’s entry into the world’s fourth largest automobile market.
What about India Sir?
— Shubham Rathi (@shurathi17) 15 March 2019
The Narendra Modi-led government has been wooing Tesla to set up a factory but Musk, in a May 2018 Twitter post, had pointed to “some challenging government regulations” as a hurdle. The year before, he had sought temporary waiver on import penalties and other restrictions until a local facility is built.
Earlier this year,Tesla set up a $5 billion factory in China,the first car-manufacturing facility outside US.
With similar populations, India has a mere 6,000 passenger electric vehicles on its roads, compared with China’s 1.35 million, according to Bloomberg NEF data. It also had just 425 publicly available charging points at the end of 2017 but that is expected to rise to 2,800 charging points by 2022