New Delhi [India]: Highlighting the conducive environment for automobile manufacturing in India, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday (April 26) said Elon Musk is welcome to manufacture e-vehicles in India, but in case the Tesla owner desires to build in China and sell here, it cannot be a “good proposition”.
Gadkari made the remarks while speaking at a private event in Delhi, answering a question on Tesla’s concerns on “high duties” in India.
“It is a very easy alternative, if Elon Musk is ready to manufacture Tesla in India, there is no problem. We have got all competencies, the vendors are available. We have got all types of technology and because of that, he can reduce the cost,” Gadkari said.
Inviting Tesla to start manufacturing in India, the Union Minister highlighted that India is a huge market, and infrastructure like ports are available to enable exports.
“He is welcome in India. We don’t have any problem, but, suppose, he wants to manufacture in China and sell in India, it cannot be a good proposition for India. Our request to him is, come to India and manufacture here,” Gadkari said.
Citing the tremendous growth in the e-vehicles sector in India over the last few years, Gadkari further said, “My suggestion to Elon Musk is, in India, he will get a good market and Indian market is very huge. It is a win-win situation for both.”
He added that India has all the quality vendors and automobile spare parts that are available in China and that “it can be more easy for him to make here in India and sell in India. He will get good profits from that, and good economics is there. I will request him to come to India and start manufacturing here.”
The Union Minister also talked about India’s dependence on crude oil and said that the government is working on alternative sources of energy.
“Presently because of import of crude oil, we are facing critical economic challenges at the same time pollution problems. We import Rs 8 lakh crores of petroleum products in India and exactly on the line we need to find some alternative for that, so different alternatives are there. The government is working on all options and I feel that in some time we will be in a position to give an alternative solution for the country,” Gadkari said.
Gadkari also talked about the ongoing research in India on the production of “green hydrogen” from biowaste and other methods, saying, “In due course of time we will be in a leading position in the world as far as green hydrogen is concerned.” (ANI)