NEW DELHI: Nitin Gadkari who recently visited Tesla’s factory near San Francisco, USA said that Tesla may start manufacturing in India post Model 3 launch. Such a move would act as a boost to India’s bid to promote electric vehicles and reduce pollutions levels in its cities.
The Model 3 is Tesla’s cheapest offering at $35,000 (about Rs 23 lakh) and some 400,000 bookings have been made since it was unveiled in March, some of these from India.
Tesla designs and manufactures premium electric vehicles that it says can run more than 300 kilometres on a single charge. Homegrown Mahindra Reva’s flagship e2o model runs 90-100 km on a single charge, according to the company, a part of the Mahindra Group.
India’s Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said that his ministry has approved the conversion of vehicles into hybrids through retrofitting to check high pollution levels. He added that the government is already in the process of rolling out the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP), which aims to get 6 million electric vehicles, including two-wheelers, on the road by 2020.