The United States based electric car making global leader Tesla Inc will be setting up an electric car manufacturing facility in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, claimed multiple reports quoting information gathered from a government document which the reports claimed to have seen.
“The US firm Tesla will be opening an electric car manufacturing unit in Karnataka,” the state government said in a brief statement in reference to the media reports. This statement by the local state government was a part of a broader document of the government wherein the budget of India for the people was highlighted in the local language of Kannada.
Two Indian subsidiaries Tesla Motors India and Energy Private Limited were incorporated by the billionaire entrepreneur founded and headed electric car maker last month. The tow companies were noted to have their office in in the city of Bengaluru in Karnataka – which is a hub of global technology companies.
At the time that the companies were incorporated, the head of the state government of Karnataka, B.S. Yediyurappa had said in a tweet that Tesla would be beginning its operations in India and set up an R&D unit in Bengaluru. That tweet was later deleted by the head of the local state government.
Reports were uncertain whether the latest statement issued by the Karnataka state government referred to the same unit as had been tweeted by the heads of the state government previously.
There were also no comments on the latest reports on Tesla opening a factory in India were available from Tesla and the office of Karnataka state chief minister.
The plans and intentions of Tesla to venture into the Indian market have been stated by Musk several times through his tweets. The billionaire entrepreneur and Tesla CEO had previously confirmed in December last year about the electric car maker launching in the Indian market in 2021 in an exchange on Twitter.
The Indian government has been pushing to reduce its dependence on fossil fuel and reduce pollution ion its major cities. However the efforts of the government to promote and prompt people to purchase electric vehicles have been thwarted by a lack of investment in the manufacturing of electric vehicles as well as in the building of the infrastructure required for electric vehicles such as charging stations.
For companies planning to set up advanced battery manufacturing facilities, the Indian government plans to offer $4.6 billion in incentives to make them invest in the country, said reports published previously.
(Adapted from Reuters.com)