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Tesla’s plan for India: Small batteries and fast chargers

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Tesla, the world’s leading electric vehicle (EV) maker, is eyeing the Indian market with a low-cost car that runs on small batteries. The company, led by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, hopes to reduce the price of its EVs by using batteries that can be charged quickly and efficiently.

Small batteries for price-sensitive customers

Tesla is working on a type of battery that is already used in China, where it has a strong presence. The company has told the Indian government that it may bring this technology to India as well, considering the price sensitivity of the customers here. Tesla is planning to launch a car worth $24,000 (about Rs 20 lakh) in India, which would be much cheaper than its current models. The cheapest Tesla model available now is priced at $48,950 (Rs 40 lakh).

Musk had announced the creation of a $25,000 (Rs 20 lakh) electric car during Tesla Battery Day in 2020, saying that it would offer a more affordable option for EV buyers. However, such a car would require a large network of fast chargers to make it convenient for the customers.

Fast chargers for small batteries

Tesla has requested the Indian government to help develop a public network of fast chargers that can support its small battery technology. The company believes that it will benefit from easy access to charging stations, which will encourage more people to buy its EVs.

However, India’s charging infrastructure is not currently adequate to support Tesla’s plan. According to a report by Livemint, there are only around 9,300 public sector chargers in India, compared to 138,000 in the US. Moreover, most of the chargers in India are slow, taking several hours to fully charge an EV.

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The Indian government is keeping a close watch on Tesla’s plans, as it is keen to promote the adoption of EVs in the country. The government has also announced various incentives and subsidies for EV makers and buyers, as part of its efforts to reduce pollution and dependence on fossil fuels.

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