Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is making one more major move to bring his country to the helm of a major economic, and probably even political, move – he is offering land to one of the biggest companies in the world – billionaire Elon Musk’s Tesla. His plan to offer major land for the company to set up shop for the South and South East Asian regions.
Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari made the announcement after he made a visit to the company’s San Francisco factory. The government is looking to offer Tesla a prime location near major ports so as to allow for off-shore exporting as well. They also plan to try and establish partnerships between Tesla and Indian motor companies to set up pollution-free transport in the country.
Tesla is known for pioneering pollutant-free vehicles. Mr. Gadkari was keen about Tesla’s electric and battery-operated vehicles that would prove to be a boon to Indian roads, known for their pollution and environmentally unsafe vehicles. In a speech during his visit to San Francisco, he emphasized the government’s keenness towards bio-fuel and electric vehicles.
When the Prime Minister visited Tesla’s factory in California, he was greeted by Elon Musk himself. The latter said: “Given high local demand, a gigafactory in India would probably make sense in the long run”. Establishing a factory in the sub-continent near a port will open Tesla to a huge Asian market that literally outweighs any other global one. Tesla already has a car battery churning factory in Nevada, currently the biggest in the world.