Tesla's Elon Musk hints of coming soon to India

Last Updated: Sat, Mar 16, 2019 15:35 hrs
Elon Musk during the Tesla Y launch. Image: Associated_Press

San Francisco: Hours after Elon Musk, the Tesla Chief Executive got the curtains off Tesla's latest Model Y, the maverick billionaire hinted of an India launch coming soon.

On Friday, Musk tweeted that he would love to be in India in 2019 or next year.

Post the launch of Tesla Y, where Musk spoke for ten minutes on the company's grand plans and how Tesla Y could combine the sales of both the Model 3 and model S, Musk answered an Indian user.

With two heart shaped emoticons in his tweet, Musk said, "Would Love to be there this year. If not, definitely next!"

Here is the tweet:

Ever since the announcement on Model Y, social users have been wondering of catching a glimpse of the luxury car in action on Indian roads. Not that Indian roads do not have Tesla's electric cars, but most technology companies have started a same-day roll-out of various technology products in India.

In recent times, various businessmen have been spotted in the cockpits of Tesla's Model 3 and S series. The Tesla Y range starting at a price of $39,000 (base) and $60,000 (performance) had curious netizens calculating of the landing cost. Besides the costly price, users would also be forced to shell out an import tax, which approximately doubles the cost of the overall product.

The last time Musk spoke of India was nearly 10 months ago. And, he spoke of making India the big market. In 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Tesla headquarters at Palo Alto, California and met Musk who gave Modi a tour of the company's electric car plant.

However, not much has come post that visit.

Musk in recent times has been critical of policies that have forced him from riding his electric ambitions. That, in what could be the world's largest market for electric cars.

Previously, Tesla was expected to enter India with the Model 3 that sells for nearly $35,000. But, that never materialized.

In tweets, Musk has blamed restrictive policies as well as FDI norms for the delay in the electric car maker's entry into the Indian market.

Earlier this year, Tesla's Indian-origin Chief Financial Officer Deepak Ahuja announced his retirement from the firm, thus bringing Musk's India dream to a grinding halt again. Musk wanted to drive Tesla in India in 2017 and Ahuja, who worked out of Tesla's San Carlos headquarters, quit the company in 2015 only to rejoin in 2017.

In May last year, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he would still love to roll out Tesla electric cars in India but the tough government regulations have forced him to apply the brakes on his plans.