Elon Musk confirms plans to start selling cars in India.
As a shut down in production of the Tesla Models S and Model X hit US shores earlier this week, news from India regarding the American electric vehicle manufacturer is quite a bit more positive. A couple of years back, company CEO, Elon Musk said that Tesla was eager to jump into the car market in India, but with a substantial drop in car sales there in 2019, not much has happened. And, with some US-based automakers pulling out of India during this time, too, it may have been in Tesla's best interest to wait until now.
Although Musk's interest in India goes back to 2017, this marked a difficult time for Tesla as a whole, in particular for the Model 3, with Musk admitting via social media recently that days were so dark, he considered a possible sale to Apple during this period. Luckily for Tesla, nothing came of this, and India's Transport Minister, Nitin Gadkari, confirmed this week that Tesla will not only be selling cars in India in 2021, but that there is the potential for manufacturing there, too. Musk himself confirmed the plans to sell there next year via Twitter.
As the automotive world gradually goes green, Tesla is sticking a finger in as many pies as it can find, and seems to only be growing in popularity - news of high demand needing to be met in the final quarter of 2020 came straight from the CEO's outbox in an email sent to employees, urging them to help increase production in order to meet its 500,000-unit annual target. It seems the automaker has been hard at work during the tail-end of 2020, with Full Self-Driving software being tested for release in the coming weeks, too. Seems as though 2021 will be an exciting year for Tesla.