Now, that plan could be going into motion, as the company has started talks to set up a research and innovation center in the city of Bengaluru, Karnataka.
Here is all you need to know about it.
A person familiar with the development informed the outlet that "Tesla has shown initial interest to invest in a research and innovation center in Karnataka" but emphasized that "the talks are at a preliminary stage."
The exploratory discussions will be followed up with a meeting, which is scheduled for later this month.
During this meet, the state officials are expected to present Tesla executives a detailed proposal for the research center investment, which will define how the discussions will move forward.
Neither the state officials nor the EV maker have officially commented on the matter.
The talks of the research center come as Musk's promise of Tesla's entry in India remains unfulfilled.
The tech mogul has been teasing the company's India debut for years; in late 2018, he had said Tesla would have a partial presence in the nation by the end of 2019. Then, a few months later, he suggested that they would "definitely" be there in 2020.
In recent years, Musk has also suggested that the regulatory environment in India, particularly the import duties on EVs, has been keeping them from launching in the country.
That said, if the talks with the Karnataka government move forward, the research center in Bengaluru could give Tesla an opportunity to enter the Indian EV market, which is expected to touch Rs. 50,000 crore by 2025, and eventually create an ecosystem for electric cars.
Bengaluru is already host to renowned automobile companies like Daimler, Bosch, Mahindra Electric, Ola Electric, Sun Mobility, and Ather.
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