Elon Musk and Tesla’s arrival in India: A Look at the Recent Developments
Elon Musk confirms Tesla’s arrival in India after his meeting with Indian Prime Minister
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is currently on a visit to the United States, where he has been meeting with many business leaders. One of those meetings was with Elon Musk, CEO of electric carmaker Tesla.
Musk stated that his company will be coming to India as soon as possible. This announcement followed discussions between Indian bureaucrats and ministers over investment opportunities in electric mobility and the commercial space sector.
Challenges and Opportunities for EV Industry in India
The original plan for opening a base in India was shelved last year after the Indian government insisted that Tesla produce cars locally before exporting them. However, Mr. Musk said he hoped also to bring Starlink satellite internet service operated by SpaceX, his other company, to India.
Tesla explores manufacturing EV batteries as well as opening a factory in India
In addition to plans for an electric vehicle factory in India, Reuters reported last month that Tesla had proposed manufacturing EV batteries in the country. Federal minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar told the agency back in May that they were “very seriously looking at India as a production and innovation base.”
Twitter Controversy: Jack Dorsey accuses Indian government of threatening platform shutdowns
Jack Dorsey recently accused Indian authorities of threatening Twitter platform shutdowns if content wasn’t removed from its site per governmental orders; however these allegations were denied by Indian officials who called it an outright lie.
When asked about this incident during another interview later on Wednesday morning (September 22), Elon responded by saying Twitter must obey local governments or risk being shut down themselves: “We will do our best to provide the freest speech that is possible under law.”
US lawmakers urge President Biden to raise human rights issues during PM Modi’s visit
Over 70 US lawmakers wrote a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to raise human rights issues with PM Modi during his state visit. They expressed their concern about growing religious intolerance, press freedoms, and the targeting of civil society groups in India.
Elon Musk expresses confidence in investing more in India, including Starlink satellite internet service
With Tesla’s arrival in India looking more promising than ever before, it seems as though Mr. Musk’s meeting with PM Modi has gone well. The potential investment could create new jobs and drive technological innovation within India’s electric mobility sector.
Furthermore, Mr. Musk’s enthusiasm for investing in India may also lead to an increase in foreign investments into the country from other companies around the world.
All eyes are now on Thursday when Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be given a ceremonial welcome at the White House before he holds direct talks with President Joe Biden about bilateral relations between India and the United States.
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