Elon Musk would love to bring Tesla to India, but regulations a steep hurdle
A restrictive policy environment in India is proving to be a hurdle for local production of Tesla cars, says Elon Musk on Twitter
New Delhi: India has been wooing Tesla Inc. to set up a factory on its soil, but billionaire Elon Musk isn’t falling for it. At least not yet.
“Would love to be in India," Musk said in the Twitter posting. “Some challenging government regulations, unfortunately," he wrote, adding Tesla will enter the country as soon as chief financial officer Deepak Ahuja, who is from India, believes it’s time.
Despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assertions that “more than 1,400 archaic laws that were an obstacle to doing business have been abolished," Asia’s third-largest economy isn’t the top pick for many foreign investors. Musk said last year that Tesla was in discussions with the government, requesting temporary waiver of import penalties and other restrictions until a local facility is built.
India’s tax structure, which has kept Tesla away, is changing rapidly to facilitate shift to environment-friendly cars, Transport minister Nitin Gadkari said in January. Modi had set a goal for all newly sold cars to be electric models by 2030, a target seen as too ambitious by carmakers because of poor infrastructure and limited manufacturing capabilities.
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