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India’s Minister of Road Transport Urges Tesla to Start Production in the Country ASAP

India’s Minister of Road Transport Urges Tesla to Start Production in the Country ASAP

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The Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways of India on April 15 urged Tesla to start producing electric vehicles in the country as soon as possible.

Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways of India Nitin Gadkari, speaking at Raisina Dialogue 2021, said that he urged electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla to start production of its vehicles in India as soon as possible. Gadkari said that during a conversation with the company's management, he assured that the government would help the company create industrial clusters in the country.

In addition, the Minister said the company could develop its own vendors and export vehicles from India. However, Gadkari added that Tesla has yet to give guarantees to start production in India, although said it will start selling its vehicles in Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore.

In early March, the Minister said New Delhi is willing to offer incentives that will ensure that manufacturing costs in India are less than in China if Tesla commits to building its electric vehicles there. "Rather than assembling (the cars) in India, they should make the entire product in the country by hiring local vendors. Then we can give higher concessions," Gadkari said in an interview, without giving details of what incentives would be on offer.

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