Source: E-Cell, IIT Bombay


Tesla Motors – the electric car making giant – is aiming to electrify all passenger cars by 2032 in India but those plans look out of sync with the current import fee structure for built electric vehicles. Given the consumers in India, the Model 3 will be the first electric car of the automaker to come to the country. However, what are the challenges that the automaker is facing when it comes to sell its cars in India?

Problems that Tesla will face in India

“Every country has its own set of rules and regulations, which means that we effectively must build a different car for different markets,” according to the official statement of the electric car making giant. Supercharger station, which cost between US$ 150,000 to 200,000 each to build, are most important for the success of Tesla’s plan in the country because the electric cars of the U.S.-based car making giant will be unable to work without them.

The 480 Volt DC charging stations of Tesla Motors are every important for the company to be able to finish the cross country trips. Supercharger stations are expected to cost lower in India. If the U.S-based carmaker sets up manufacturing plant in the country, the components can be waived. This will be time consuming as well as take a great deal of investment. Discussions for duty waivers are up for debate but it also looks like the electric car making giant is keener to manufacture in Shanghai instead of India.

The electric carmaker is aiming to electrify all passenger cars in India by 2032, however, those plans will hardly work with the current import fee structure for completely built electric vehicles (CBU). Import duties are in the range of 60% for car that are priced around US$ 40,000.

EMotion to make its official debut at CES 2018

The EMotion luxury sport sedan – the first car by Henrik Fisker – will premiere at CES in January next year. The new electric car making company of Fisker will be competing with the likes of Tesla Motors next year. The date of the debut of the EV was confirmed by none other than Fisker himself on Friday during a discussion about the new EV with the news site ‘TheStreet.’

Emotion, which comes with the high price tag of $129,000, has already been in the news for its technical features, such as Level 4 autonomy and 400 miles of range. In addition to this, we do know that people would not be able to buy the car until 2019 even when Fisker has opened the pre-orders earlier this year.