Elon Musk hints at delay in Tesla’s India plans due to local sourcing norms
India’s local procurement rules could hamper Tesla’s entry into the auto industry in Silicon Valley country founder Elon Musk had previously suggested that it could happen soon “this summer.”
“Maybe I’m misinformed, but I was told that 30 percent of the parties should be located and that supply does not exist yet in India to support this,” Musk said on the Twitter microblogging platform, in response to a question about Of the company leaving their cars in India in 2017 or 2018.
Tesla opened reservations for its most affordable Model 3 sedan in India in April 2016, with industry leaders such as Vishal Gondal, Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Mahesh Murthy and Vani Kola. The $ 3, $ 35,000 sedan is expected to hit the road between late 2017 and early 2018.
It is unclear how and when Tesla plans to serve customers in India that had already booked its Model 3 sedan. In addition, even if the company makes a formal entry into the country by the end of this year or next year, India lacks Suitable recharging infrastructure, especially for high voltage electric vehicles, such as those built by Tesla.
While India has set an ambitious goal to move to 100% electric mobility in 2030, local procurement is still used to boost the country’s manufacturing sector. Tesla closer to a technology company than a traditional automaker would have trouble meeting local supply standards of 30 percent on the first day.
A solution to India’s needs in terms of local supply for Tesla could be for the manufacture of lithium-ion here, a measure that would musky said Tesla more sense in the long run. “Given the strong local demand, a Gigafactory India would probably make a long-term sense,” musk said in 2015.
However, while India was on the musky radar for a long time, it is unlikely that the company is rushing to manufacture batteries here quickly. Tesla began producing lithium-ion cells at its own Gigafactory facility in the Nevada desert in January, and only a third of the facility was complete.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with Elon Musk and visited Tesla’s headquarters during his visit to Silicon Valley in 2015. The two leaders discussed the implications of the development of battery technology, energy storage and renewable energy by the India. Musk apparently had made a plan to bring the wall current power storage unit into a country.
Earlier this month, Tesla began taking orders for its solar roof – ceiling paints with integrated solar panels – with musk said it could order in almost every country. However, on the company’s website, India has not been on the list of countries where Tesla will accept orders for its sunroof.