India's richest state Maharashtra has invited U.S. electric-car maker Tesla Inc, weeks after its Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk suggested entering the country next year. In a tweet on Thursday, state tourism and environment minister Aaditya Thackeray said he and industries minister Subhash Desai held a video call with Tesla executives earlier in the day to invite them to the state.
This evening I had the opportunity to participate in a video call by Industries Minister @Subhash_Desai ji with @Tesla team to invite them to Maharashtra. I was present not because of just the investment but my firm belief in electric mobility & sustainability @elonmusk— Aaditya Thackeray (@AUThackeray) October 22, 2020
Earlier this month, Musk replied "Next year for sure" on Twitter to a post with a photograph of a T-shirt with the message: "India wants Tesla". Tesla's entry into one of the largest economies in the world could come at a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is increasingly focusing to promote the use of electric vehicles.
We are firmly committed to policy building and changes for sustainable development and I personally believe that electric mobility, supported by renewable energy is the way ahead. Let’s hope we can help this thought become mainstream soon— Aaditya Thackeray (@AUThackeray) October 22, 2020
However, Maharashtra isn't eyeing Tesla's entry into India alone. Karnataka government has also reached out to Elon Musk-led Tesla for setting up their operation in IT city Bengaluru as a possible investment destination to set up a vehicle manufacturing unit.
Soon after the Covid-19 related lockdowns, the Karnataka government has gone on an overdrive to get international investors to expand to Karnataka and bring in more investments - and thus jobs - to the State. As part of this outreach to big guns in every sector, Tesla too was tapped to set up a gigafactory - a manufacturing unit for solar panels and batteries - in Bengaluru.
Recently, Tesla had announced the price cut for its Model S "Long Range" sedan by 4% in the United States, days after the electric-car maker reported record quarterly deliveries. The company cut the price to $71,990 from $74,990 in the United States. It also trimmed the starting price of Model S by 3% in China. Earlier this month, the carmaker cut the starting price of its Chinese-made Model 3 sedans by about 8% to 249,900 yuan ($36,805).
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has also revealed that the company will launch its next-gen Full Self Driving (FSD) set of features to a limited number of expert and careful drivers on October 20. "Limited FSD beta releasing on Tuesday next week, as promised. This will, at first, be limited to a small number of people who are expert and careful drivers," Musk said in a tweet on Monday.