Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk is set to hold a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss cutting import duty on Electric vehicles.
According to news reports, Tesla is once again urging Indian government officials to consider a rollback on import duties that have barred the electric vehicle maker from selling imported vehicles in the country.
Over the years, Tesla Automotive has attempted to enter India with its electric vehicles. However, the Indian government has imposed higher tariffs on imports from the world and thus the electric vehicles will be priced higher than the US price. The Indian government recently approached Tesla to set up its manufacturing plant in India and stop imports from the US.
Elon musk Tweet on Indian high import duties
We want to do so, but import duties are the highest in the world by far of any large country!
Moreover, clean energy vehicles are treated the same as diesel or petrol, which does not seem entirely consistent with the climate goals of India.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 23, 2021