If Tesla joins ‘Make in India’, govt will lower import duty, offers sops

The government may consider lowering import duty along with offering other sops to Tesla, but for that, the electric vehicle major would have to invest in setting up manufacturing facility in the country.

Tesla had urged the Centre earlier to reduce import duty in electric vehicles. It wants to bring its latest electric vehicles as completely built unit initially before looking at its assembly and manufacturing in India.

An official source noted that government will consider the request electric vehicle major if it decides to manufacture its cars in the country and commits investment in putting up a plant.

The official, however, made it clear that any decision on the matter or extension of sops will apply to the entire sector and not just a particular company.

Central government along with few other state governments have already taken a number of steps to promote electric vehicles in the country.

Along with incentivising EV manufacturing in the country, government has also come up with tax benefits on purchase of electric vehicles.

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