Musk’s Tesla to switch on new electric car plant in Indian state of Karnataka
INTERNATIONAL - ELON Musk's Tesla Inc will set up an electric-car manufacturing unit in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, according to a government document.
“The US firm Tesla will be opening an electric car manufacturing unit in Karnataka,” the state government said in a brief statement.
The statement was part of a broader document outlining the highlights of India's budget to its people in the local language of Kannada.
Last month, the electric car maker incorporated Tesla Motors India and Energy Private Limited with its registered office in the city of Bengaluru in Karnataka, a hub for global technology companies.
State chief minister BS Yediyurappa had then said in a tweet, which was subsequently deleted, that Tesla would start its operations in India with an R&D unit in Bengaluru.
It was not immediately clear if the statement was referring to the same unit. Tesla and the office of Karnataka state chief minister did not immediately respond to a request for comments.
Musk has tweeted several times about the company's impending foray into India. In December, the Tesla chief executive confirmed in an exchange on Twitter that Tesla will launch in the country in 2021.