Four Tesla models were approved for Indian roads/variants by the Indian government. The approval for the four cars was published on the Vahan Sewa platform under the Homologation section. According to the public listing, Tesla had applied approval for a total of four cars or variants and all of them were approved.
The govt listing has not mentioned the name of the Tesla models or cars that have been approved
The listing has not mentioned the name of the models or cars that have been approved. However, few Tesla models have been spotted multiple times on Indian roads. Tesla Model 3 and Model Y have been spotted on the Indian roads, signaling that these might be the cars to be launched soon.
Both Model 3 and Model Y are a few of the best-selling cars of the electric vehicle company. The Model 3 sedan is the entry-level Tesla whereas the Model Y sits in the SUV segment with multiple seating configurations.
Tesla Model 3 was recently featured in the top 20 best-selling cars according to data from Focus2Move. The car was the 16th best-selling car in the world. In terms of EVs, it is the best-selling car in the world. The Model 3 sells at a starting price of $35,000 (roughly ₹25.6 lakh) in the United States.
Tesla has already registered in the country under the Tesla Motors India brand name. Tesla CEO Elon Musk, in response to a tweet, claimed that the company is also willing to set up a factory in India if the initial sales of its imported cars receive a good response.
Musk also registered his grievance about high import duty taxes for electric vehicles claiming that the taxes are one of the highest in the world. This is expected to almost double the price of the car, in comparison to the company’s native market US.
Musk’s call for duty cuts has found support in Hyundai MD SS Kim who backed Musk and said that the government’s reduction in the duty would help them create demand and market. Volkswagen also supported Musk and said that the market for EVs has to be big enough for investments to come in and there shouldn’t be any barriers to that.