Tesla gets approval for 4 models for India
Tesla a very popular American electric vehicle manufacturer has received its approval to make or import its vehicle variants in India from the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said that Tesla’s vehicles are certified for safe and roadworthiness in India. Tesla’s Model 3 and Model Y variants might be coming to India. Read further to know more about Tesla gets approval for 4 models.
The Automobile manufacturers have to mandatorily get certified their vehicles by the local authorities before launching them. Elon Musk had tweeted earlier that import duties in India are the highest in the world. He also told that India treats electric vehicles as petrol vehicles, which is not consistent with the country’s climate goals.
Import duties in India range between 60 per cent to 100 per cent on cars brought from abroad. The import duty is at its highest for cars fully imported with CIF (Cost, Insurance and Freight) value over $40,000, while 60% duty is imposed on cars that cost less than the amount.
The Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has passed the buck on to the EV makers to ensure buyers get ‘significant discount’ while making the switch from ICE vehicles to electric cars. Amid debate whether the Centre should accept Tesla’s demand to bring down import duties on electric vehicles to make them more affordable.
Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport and Highways, has said, “EV manufacturers should offer a significant discount to EV buyers who scrapped their old IC engine cars.”
Tata Motors had asked for equal treatment for Indian carmakers amid talks of reducing import duties. However, Tesla has found support from Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz and other OEMs on the matter when Tesla’s demand sparked a debate among carmakers in India.
Recently, The Tesla Model Y sales have topped in August with 790 registrations within less than a week since its arrival. Tesla had started its Model Y invasion in Europe with its first deliveries in several EU territories, including Germany, Belgium, and Norway.
The Tesla Model 3 had reached 1,031,588 worldwide deliveries at the end of the 2nd quarter of 2021. The Model 3 is the first electric car to pass 1 million cumulative sales. Whereas the Tesla Model Y had 250,000 cumulative sales in July and it may reach 500,000 by the end of the year. Let us know which models will Tesla brings to India.
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