For the past few days, social media is abuzz with reports claiming that Elon Musk's American electric vehicle and clean energy company Tesla, Inc is making its way into India to start a hub here.
Tesla founder Elon Musk, who kept his silence on entering the Indian market is said to have finally broken his silence confirmed that Tesla will enter the Indian market.
Though reports claimed that, Tesla will start a unit in any one of the northern states, the BJP-ruled Karnataka bagged the opportunity to welcome India's first Tesla plant.
BJP leader Karnataka Chief Minister Yediyurappa took to social media to confirm the news of Tesla starting its hub in Karnataka. He said, an R&D unit will be launched in Bengaluru very soon and the operations will be started.
"Karnataka will lead India's journey towards Green Mobility. Electric Vehicle Manufacturer Tesla will soon start its operations in India with an R&D unit in Bengaluru. I welcome Elon Musk to India and Karnataka and wish him all the very best," Yediyurappa's tweet reads.
On the other hand, Tesla is in talks with the government of four other states too. Based on the demand and performance, Tesla is likely to be expanded in other states too. Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh are in consideration reportedly.
It has been widely reported that as a pilot project, Tesla will bring the cheapest vehicle in the Indian market first, and then the costly vehicles are also likely to be running on the Indian roads.
Karnataka bagged the opportunity to welcome Tesla cars as the state government took forward the call given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to increase the use of electric vehicles.
So far, several startups that offer, pay, and use rides in electric vehicles have already launched in Karnataka and the operations started to show promising results since the unlocking in the nation.