The country’s transport minister, Nitin Gadkari, says that Elon Musk’s electric car company will start selling vehicles there next year.
After establishing sales centers, Tesla will then “look into setting up … manufacturing here,” Gadkari said in a statement to CNN Business.
Last year, Hyundai launched its first electric vehicle for the Indian market, the Hyundai Kona Electric. The South Korean company at the time praised India for “ushering into a new era with clean and connected mobility.”
Hyundai was at the time the second company to sell electric cars in India, after local rival Mahindra. Since then, Tata and MG Motor have debuted their own vehicles in the country, as has Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz.
— Rishi Iyengar contributed to this report.