- Hindi News
- Do Not Sell Cars Made In China In India, Produce Here And Send Abroad, The Government Will Give All Possible Help
New Delhi3 hours ago
- copy link
File photo of Tesla and its CEO Elon Musk.
The government has asked Tesla several times to make electric cars in India. For this, the company has also been assured of providing all possible government help. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said this at the ‘India Today Conclave 2021’ on Friday. On this occasion, Gadkari also said that Tata’s electric vehicles are no less than Tesla’s vehicles.
Do not sell electric vehicles made in China in India
Gadkari said, ‘I have asked Tesla not to sell electric vehicles made in China in India. He should make his vehicles in India and export them from here. Whatever help you (Tesla) need, our government will provide. Tesla has demanded a reduction in the rate of import tax on electric vehicles in India.
60 to 100% tax on imported vehicles
The Union Road Transport Minister said that he is in talks with Tesla officials regarding the demand for tax exemption. Last month, the Ministry of Heavy Industry also asked Tesla to start manufacturing its electric vehicles in India first. He will be considered for tax exemption only after that. At present, the tax on imported vehicles ranges from 60 to 100%.
110% tax harmful for electric vehicles
In a letter to the Road Ministry, Tesla has said that a tax of 110% (100% import duty and 10% social welfare surcharge) on vehicles costing more than $40,000 is detrimental to ‘zero emission’ vehicles. It has requested the government to impose a tax of maximum 40% on imports of electric vehicles (whatever the import price) without social welfare surcharge of 10%.
Promise to invest in sales, service and charging infrastructure
Tesla says that making such changes will boost the development of the electric vehicle ecosystem in the country. The company has said that it will make major investments in sales, service and charging infrastructure in India. Tesla has also said that it will drastically increase the purchase of goods from India for its global business.