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Tesla India launch with Model 3 this year

Motor Trend India logo Motor Trend India 11-02-2017 Pranav Divakar
Tesla India launch with Model 3 this year

A name that conjures up images of the future, Tesla, is likely to make its official Indian entrance during this year. The CEO of this American manufacturer, Elon Musk, sent out a tweet saying that he hopes to bring Tesla to India sometime in the middle of 2017.

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Commencing operations in India, which is home to a nearly USD 75 billion automotive industry, is a logical step for Tesla Motors. The company could make its entry into our country with the new Tesla Model 3 entry-level luxury sedan, and they are already chalking up plans of installing a supercharger (high speed electric charging) network that will spread across a vast portion of the country.

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Although these cars will receive some benefits from government initiatives such as the FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles) scheme, there is no doubt that they will be priced steeply when they go on sale here. But Tesla Motors has been looking at the feasibility of setting up a production facility on Indian soil, and if that click into place, prices will definitely come down to more agreeable levels.

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Electric vehicles have not caught traction in India so far due to several factors such as low availability of charging points, high cost of ownership and frankly, due to none of them being appealing enough in the styling and features division. Tesla, with vehicles such as the Model 3 and the Model S in its fleet, definitely takes care of the looks and gadgets issues. If the company manages to successfully put into place their supercharger network, they could be well on their way to changing the electric vehicle scene in India.

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