A key govt who was main Tesla’s lobbying effort in India has resigned, weeks after the US carmaker placed on maintain plans to promote electrical vehicles within the South Asian nation, two sources conscious of the matter instructed Reuters.
Manuj Khurana, coverage and enterprise growth govt at Tesla in India, was employed in March 2021 and performed a key function in forming a home market-entry plan for the US carmaker within the nation.
He lobbied the Indian authorities for greater than a 12 months to slash the import tax on electrical vehicles to 40 p.c from as excessive as 100%, a transfer Tesla mentioned would permit it to check the market with imports from its manufacturing hubs like China earlier than investing in a manufacturing facility.
However Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s authorities insisted Tesla should first decide to manufacturing vehicles domestically earlier than it will possibly provide any concessions. With talks deadlocked, Tesla put its plans to promote vehicles in India on maintain, reassigned a few of the home staff and deserted its seek for showroom area.
Neither Khurana, the corporate’s first worker in India, nor Tesla responded to requests for remark. An e-mail despatched to Khurana generated an automatic reply saying the tackle was now not legitimate and future emails wouldn’t be obtained.
“Tesla’s plans to launch in India proper now are nearly as good as useless,” mentioned one of many sources.
The sources wished to stay nameless as a result of the resignation had not but been made public.
Tesla Chief Government Elon Musk mentioned on Twitter final month that the corporate wouldn’t arrange manufacturing in any location the place it was not allowed first to promote and repair vehicles.
The carmaker has additionally shifted its focus to different markets in Southeast Asia, like nickel-rich Indonesia, the place it’s taking a look at a possible battery-related funding, in addition to Thailand, the place it not too long ago registered a neighborhood unit to promote vehicles.
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