On May 2021, Prashanth R. Menon who has been with Tesla for more than 4 years, appointed as the Director of Tesla’s India operations.
Gujarat, Karnataka, and Maharashtra are eager to spread out the red carpet for TESLA, the world’s premium electric carmaker, to establish a production facility in their states. The state like Gujarat is offering 1,000 hectares in Mundra, on the Kutch coast, for Tesla India.
Tesla is undecided whether they should come to a faraway region in Gujarat or dig deep in Bengaluru, said by the government official in Gujarat. In Gujarat, there is little or no social life, although this is not the case in Bengaluru. They are attempting to reach out to the governments of Gujarat and Karnataka, added the official.
Tesla India Motors and Energy Private Limited was registered in Bengaluru on January 8, establishing the electric vehicle manufacturer’s office in India.
According to the P Anbalagan, CEO of Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation the government of Maharashtra and Tesla officers had 4 meetings, and the last one was approximately 7-8 months ago. He further added that we also offered Tesla land so that they might set up manufacturing facilities in Maharashtra, where there are already a number of automakers.
Anbalagan also said that Tesla authorities asked for a large network of charging stations in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, as well as near the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, where the cars will arrive following imports. According to him, Tesla has roughly 27 sellers, 20 of whom are from Maharashtra.
Maharashtra has not received any response from the Tesla corporation since their last meeting in 2020.
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa tweeted on January 12 that Tesla India would establish a research and development facility in the state, but he then removed the tweet. In February, he announced that Tesla would establish a manufacturing facility in Karnataka. He cited Tesla after the unveiling of a Rs 7,725 crore industrial corridor in Tumakuru, around 60 kilometres from Bengaluru, that will create 2.8 lakh jobs.
Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa wished Tesla all the best, shortly after the company registered with the Registrar of Companies with a Bengaluru address by saying Karnataka will pave the way for India’s transition to green mobility. The company will shortly begin operations in India, with a research and development centre in Bengaluru. I wish Elon Musk all the best in India and Karnataka.
The state of Gujarat has offered land in Mundra, both inside and outside Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ). The APSEZ covers 8,400 hectares, half of which is undeveloped. The official said that they have assured the Tesla India that land will not be a problem. Meanwhile, the company have not decided whether the new unit in India will be a pure export unit or a hybrid, according to the official. At Mundra, APSEZ manages the largest commercial port and special economic zone. SEZs are declared duty-free zones that are exempt from Indian customs laws.
Gujarat’s chief minister, Vijay Rupani, announced the Gujarat Electric Vehicle Policy 2021 last month to help create and sustain an electric vehicle ecosystem in the state. The policy subsidizes the purchase of electric vehicles and also provides funding for the installation of essential charging infrastructure.
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The government of Gujarat is attempting to establish an electric vehicle hub in Mundra and has proposed by allocating land for Tesla‘s ancillary operations. Land for an electric vehicle battery manufacturing unit and other component makers is included, as per the source from the government officials.
Tesla India has yet to give the state government with a list of demands and conditions for the project’s implementation. The official said that the land in Gujarat is significantly cheaper than in Bengaluru, but there is a scarcity of skilled labour, and it is tough to lure Fortune 500 businesses to far-flung regions like Mundra.
In Gujarat, the company will not only be the first electric vehicle manufacturer. The company will also import, distribute, sell, service, maintain, and repair electric vehicles. Tesla will also establish stationary energy storage systems and equipment, energy generation systems and equipment, including solar panels, solar electrical systems, according to documents filed with the Registrar of Companies (RoC) in Bengaluru.
Apart from above-mentioned, the Musk’s company Tesla, will also carry on the business of manufacturing, selling, exporting, servicing, and promoting electric vehicles and stationary energy storage systems and equipment…”, among other things.
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