Tesla Commits to Significant Investment in India after Modi Meeting

Modi and Musk Meeting
Modi and Musk Meeting

by Tanushree Jaiswal Last Updated: Jul 28, 2023 - 10:51 pm 915 Views

In a significant development, Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, has confirmed that the company is poised to make a substantial investment in India. Musk made the announcement following a meeting with India's Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, during the leader’s state visit to the United States.

The discussions primarily focused on Tesla's plans to establish a manufacturing base in India, tapping into the country's potential for sustainable energy, including solar power, stationary battery packs, and electric vehicles. Musk also expressed his aspirations to introduce SpaceX's Starlink satellite internet service in India.

Investment in Electric Mobility and Commercial Space Sector:

During the meeting, Prime Minister Modi emphasized the importance of investments in electric mobility and the rapidly expanding commercial space sector. Musk commended Modi's dedication to India and revealed that he was actively pushing Tesla to make significant investments in the country.

The Tesla CEO expressed confidence in the company's expansion into India and “stated that they would initiate operations as soon as possible”. Following the meeting, India's foreign ministry spokesman tweeted about Modi inviting Musk to explore investment opportunities in electric mobility and the commercial space sector in India.

India's Potential in the Space Sector:

India, which began allowing private launches in 2020, is now seeking collaborations with US companies to boost its space sector. The country aims to increase its private space companies' share of the global launch market by five-fold over the next decade.

Tesla executives had previously visited India and engaged in discussions with government officials and ministers regarding the establishment of manufacturing facilities for cars and batteries. Musk had also mentioned last month that Tesla would likely finalize the location for a new factory in India by the end of this year, highlighting the country's appeal as an investment destination.

Reducing Reliance on China:

The move by Tesla to invest in India aligns with the broader trend of US companies diversifying their manufacturing bases away from China due to rising tensions between Washington and Beijing. Tesla's highly anticipated entry into the Indian market faced an unexpected setback as a result of the country's formidable import tax structures, leading to a postponement of their plans.

However, the recent developments indicate a renewed commitment to expanding operations in India, a move that could bolster the country's manufacturing and clean energy sectors.

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