Source: News Bharati English17 Jul 2016 11:21:33
San Francisco, July 17: Union Minister of Road Transport, Highways & Shipping Nitin Gadkari visited Tesla factory in San Francisco in USA on Friday and gave a proposal of its entry in Indian market. He also proposed to the Tesla senior executives to make India their Asia manufacturing hub and offered land near major Indian ports to facilitate export of their vehicles to South and South East Asian countries.
He also offered to promote joint ventures between the global leaders in electric car manufacturing and the Indian automobile companies with a view to introducing pollution free road transport in India, especially commercial and public motor vehicles. Gadkari also said, “Indian Government is fully committed to encourage alternate pollution free transport in the country by providing incentives to bio-fuel, CNG, Ethanol and electric vehicles.
Tesla senior executive admitted that their manufacturing hub has to be outside the US for markets in rest of the world and appreciated the Indian offer of cooperation which they said will certainly be considered at the appropriate time in future. They said India will definitely be a market for their next generation low cost sustainable model-3.
Responding to questions from Gadkari, Tesla officials said they have future plans for trucks and pick up vans but not buses and two wheelers. They evinced keen interest in knowing whether there was any subsidy on electric vehicles in India. Gadkari asked Tesla executives to outline their proposals for entry into Indian market.
Gadkari apprised Tesla executives of the progress Indian automobile manufacturers have made in the field of electric vehicles and exuded confidence that very soon Indian market will become very competitive in this sector. Gadkari also inquired about the battery packs that can store energy from the power grid and from solar panels.
Gadkari's visit comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi also visited Tesla Motors last year. The Modi government believes that Tesla Motors and its green technologies can play a crucial role in introducing pollution free road transport in the country.