Elon Musk has just posted a tweet stating that the company is in discussions with the government of India for temporary relief on import penalties/restrictions until it can build a local factory in India. In 2016, Indian transport minister Nitin Gadkari has actually visited Tesla's headquarters in California and had proposed the initiation of a manufacturing plant in India.
In a response to a recent tweet asking about an update on the launch date in India, Musk responded that Tesla is now in talks with the Indian Government for 'temporary relief on import penalties/restrictions until a local factory is built'. "India commits to sell only electric cars by 2030".
Tesla might find common ground with the Indian government as it is now on a mission to make India a fully electric country by 2030.
One of the ways the country plans to clean up, even as it expands its developing energy infrastructure, is by encouraging more EV use over traditional gasoline cars. In April 2016, Musk had confirmed that Tesla will set up an India-wide "Supercharger network" for the upcoming Tesla Model 3 vehicle owners. It appears so if one were to go by a series of tweets by its chief executive officer Elon Musk. Sen said global auto manufacturers in the luxury market, like Porsche, Ferrari and Lamborghini, are playing by those rules to sell their cars in India.
Foreign-made cars worth up to $40,000 attract an import duty of 60 percent, and 100 percent if the value is greater. India is committed to the cause of renewable energy and green mobility, and Tesla, as a sustainable energy company producing zero-emission vehicles, is a ideal fit.
"About 85 percent of the market is filled with value-conscious customers, [which] has the largest potential for growth", said Chetan Maini, the creator of Reva, India's first electric vehicle. The user had asked about when the company is planning to get its electric-powered Tesla cars in the Indian market. For the Indian Government's plans to realise, our market needs more electric cars and more manufacturers. This makes the cars more expensive for sale in India.