New Delhi: The Maharashtra government is in talks with the American electric vehicle giant Tesla to invite them to invest in the state, a state minister said in a tweet.
According to a tweet by Maharashtra Tourism Minister Aaditya Thackeray, he and the state industries minister Subhash Desai held a video call with the Tesla team here on Thursday to discuss potential investment in the state.
Thackeray tweeted, “This evening I had the opportunity to participate in a video call by industries minister @Subhash Desai ji with Tesla team to invite them to Maharashtra. I was present not just because of investment but my firm belief in electric mobility and sustainability.”
He further reinstated that electric mobility is the way forward and the state government is firmly committed to policy building and changes for sustainable development so that EVs can become mainstream.
This evening I had the opportunity to participate in a video call by Industries Minister @Subhash_Desai ji with… https://t.co/UbhcHqpg69
— Aaditya Thackeray (@AUThackeray) 1603381482000
According to an ET report, the electric car maker is also in early-stage discussions with the industries department of Karnataka government to set up a research and development centre in Bengaluru. Exploratory discussions were conducted on September 19.
“Tesla has shown initial interest to invest in a research and innovation centre in Karnataka and the talks are at a preliminary stage,” the report quoted one of the sources as saying.
These developments come on the heels of a tweet by the company’s CEO Elon Musk earlier this month where he revealed that the process to bring Tesla cars to India will begin in January 2021.
Reacting to a tweet by Tesla Club India that is there an India team working on the next year for sure scheduled Tesla entry, Musk replied, “Will release order configurator probably in Jan”.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami also reached out to 11 global automotive company chief executives, including Tesla CEO Elon Musk, inviting them to invest in the State.