Elon Musk Talks About Tesla's India Plans
Tesla CEO Elon Musk today replied to a tweet from Tesla Club India in which he revealed more plans for Tesla’s entry into India.
"Hey Elon, is there a Tesla India team working on the next year for sure scheduled Tesla entry. If so, is there a way for us and reservation holders to contact them? Our Tesla accounts do not have any customer care details as we are unable to select India as a country option," asked Tesla Club India.
Elon Musk replied and wrote, "Will release order configurator probably in Jan."
Will release order configurator probably in Jan
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 12, 2020
Tesla CEO Elon Musk says that the company’s online order configurator will hit India “probably in January” 2021. The unprecedented move would be the start of Tesla’s long-awaited entrance into the Indian automotive market.
Joey Klender from Teslarati writes, "The order configurator will allow customers to choose their variant, design the car, and place a deposit down on an all-electric car. This will then give customers the option of speaking with Tesla Customer Service representatives to work out delivery details."
"The next questions that Tesla will need to answer is where the vehicles will come from when they will be produced, who will produce them, and whether the company will set up a production facility in the country to avoid hefty import taxes. If an order for a Model 3 or Model Y is placed, the company could likely fulfill it in a timely fashion by producing the car at Giga Shanghai. Recently, Tesla stated it would import cars from this factory to Europe. The same strategy could be applied to India.
"However, this wouldn’t eliminate the additional fees due to importing the car, so Tesla would need to establish some kind of facility within India," says Joey.
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