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India Reiterates Pitch for Tesla to Make Electric Cars Locally

  • Make in China, sell in India not a good proposition: minister
  • India is potentially profitable market for Tesla, Gadkari says
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India has once again called upon billionaire Elon Musk to manufacture Tesla Inc. cars locally instead of selling China-made electric vehicles in the world’s fourth-largest autos market as demand for clean transport surges.

“If Elon Musk is ready to manufacture Tesla in India, then there is no problem,” Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said at an event Tuesday. But manufacturing cars in China and selling them in India is not a “good proposition.”