We are happy to see many states vying with each other to roll out a red carpet to Elon Musk’s Tesla electric cars company to set up its manufacturing or assembling units in India. Telangana’s minister KTR is one among the ministers who welcomed Musk to our country. Yes, Hyderabad has the right kind of environment for a global giant like Tesla.
Musk’s recent tweet that his India plans are put on hold due to some challenges with the Narenda Modi led Central government. This is an opportunity for the non-BJP state governments to offer their cooperation to Tesla, which caught the imagination of the young generation and all those who love owning an electric vehicle (EV)that combines efficiency with luxury.
But, before waiting for Tesla, our governments can well develop infrastructure for EVs, which are already promoted by several domestic and foreign companies in India. We need to set up enough charging stations and availability of batteries and encourage EVs manufacturing or assembling facilities. Most of all, we must offer reasonably priced power to the EVs.