Tesla will soon be Made in China, and India can sit and drool
Tesla will eventually make cars in China, including its first mass-market car, the Model 3, CEO Elon Musk said in a recent interview with CNN. -'It...
The people at Tesla motors should know the fact that Indians absolutely love the Model S and are more than willing to buy it rather than a gas guzzler”
Tesla will eventually make cars in China, including its first mass-market car, the Model 3, CEO Elon Musk said in a recent interview with CNN. "It will eventually be made in China," Musk said. "If it was possible to do local production in China sooner, we would, but I think it is going to be close to three years before we can achieve that outcome."
Currently, Tesla is not eligible for local incentives in China, so all vehicles sold in the country come with a very high import duty. However, once the company begins local production it will qualify for incentives, which will help bring down the cost of selling its cars in China. The production in China will be in addition to Tesla US production operations, not replacing it, as China is a big market for Tesla to be in because of the growing demand for more eco-friendly cars.
Tesla has vowed it fidelity to the American Dream. Aside from Ford and GM, Tesla is one of the few American car companies to go public, and their stock has gone through the roof (and continues to do so). The company was founded by Martin Eberhard and Mark Tarpenning in July of 2003, and it was strapped for cash for the first few years.
Then, Elon Musk took over the reins as Chairman of the Board, and things began to change. He led a round of financing that saw the company gain $13 million for development of the Tesla Roadster, and in 2007, the company raised an additional $40 million, an initiative also led by Musk.
The Model S
The Model S was unveiled on June 30, 2008. This is the car that Tesla is known for, and it is more of a family vehicle, with seating for seven and a starting price of $50,000. This is still a sporty looking vehicle, but one that is more affordable for the masses. Of course, the company keeps on developing more interesting vehicles, and the prices keep getting lower and lower, which means more of us can afford these awesome cars.
The Model 3
Tesla vehicles keep getting more and more affordable. The company announced mid-2014 that they would be developing the affordable Model 3, which was estimated to have a starting price at below $35,000. Unfortunately, it is still in the works, and there is no word yet as to when this car is going to be released.
The Model D
The newest innovation to be worked on by Tesla is the “D”, which stands for dual motor. Three new Model S cars were introduced early in 2015: The Model S 60D, the Model S 85D, and the Model S P85D (the top of the line in this series).
These are all pretty much the same as the original Model S, at least visually, but there are some pretty extreme differences under the hood. For instance, the Model S P85D will go from zero to 60 in 3.2 seconds, a time that the company plans to improve on. It has been made faster since it was released to the world via an over-the-air software update. Customers can get this update for free, and it tunes the “Insane” mode to trim 3.2 seconds to 3.1 seconds.
Tesla in India?
But even here, cars like this is still a dream. Request for Tesla Dealerships in India submitted by one Srikar Samavedam reads, “India has tons of wealthy people willing to spend top dollar for top end and refined vehicles that are indicative of their status in the society. The sheer absence of the brand presence of Tesla here is absolutely frustrating because the only luxury vehicles you get here are a bunch of those agricultural Mercedes' , Audi's and BMW's almost all of which run on those farm grade noisy inefficient Diesel engines , as though Gasoline wasn't a viable option.”
He highlighted the fact that the nearest dealership is in Hong Kong and how that is not a viable option for Indian consumers. “The people at Tesla motors should know the fact that Indians absolutely love the Model S and are more than willing to buy it rather than a gas guzzler.”
And then came a full-size crossover SUV. The prototype was unveiled at Tesla’s design studios in Los Angeles on February 9, 2012. The Model X was developed from the full-size sedan platform of the Tesla Model S; both are being produced at the Tesla Factory in Fremont, California. First deliveries of the Model X began in September 2015.
The Tesla Roadster
The Roadster was introduced on July 29, 2006. It was unveiled at a special by invitation only event at the Santa Monica airport, and now the company is an official car manufacturing company. Over the past 10 years, this car has continued to evolve and it is one that many auto enthusiasts dream of owning. The first 2,250 models were sold from 2008 to 2012, with no thanks to the television show Top Gear, which panned the car so bad that there was a libel case that Top Gear ultimately won.