“Making in China and selling here is not a good proposition“, declared the minister Nitin Gadkariduring a press conference.
Tesla is seeking to import and sell its electric vehicles in India, and has been lobbying authorities in New Delhi for nearly a year to reduce tariffs, which it says Elon Muskthe company’s chief executive, are among the highest in the world.
His efforts have so far been unsuccessful. Official Indian sources said in January that they were unconvinced by Tesla’s lobbying.
The company has indeed not unveiled an investment plan in the country, a measure that would be in line with the Prime Minister’s “Make in India” vision. Narendra Modiwhich aims to boost local manufacturing and create jobs.
Nearly half of the vehicles sold by Tesla worldwide last year were made at its Chinese factory in Shanghai.
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wen Binalso said Monday, in reference to the takeover of Twitter by Elon Musk, that speculation that Beijing could use ties to Tesla to influence the content of the social network was unfounded.