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Tesla will build an electric vehicle factory in Karnataka, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said today. The statement was a part of the list of benefits promised to Karnataka in the Union Budget. This is the first announcement that an American manufacturer will build a manufacturing facility in Karnataka.
"American firm Tesla will open an electric car manufacturing unit in Karnataka," Yediyurappa said in a statement.
Tesla registered as Tesla India Motors and Energy Pvt Ltd in Bangalore. The company has so far appointed three directors: Vaibhav Taneja, Venkatarangam Sriram, and David John Feinstein. Taneja is CAO at Tesla, while Feinstein is Global Trade Director at Tesla, Trade Market Access.
Earlier, BS Minister Yediyurappa tweeted that the electric vehicle manufacturer would open an R&D center in Bangalore, but the tweet was deleted a few hours later.
Gaurav Gupta, Additional Chief Secretary, Commerce and Industries in Karnataka told The News Minute that the timeframe and manner in which Tesla will operate in India is yet to be decided. He said that Tesla's announcement followed months of correspondence between the state government and the electric car manufacturer. Tesla was in contact with five state governments in India including Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Maharashtra.
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