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Electric car giant Tesla Inc will start operations in India early next year, according to the country’s Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, who said in an interview with the national newspaper India Express on Monday.

The minister told the newspaper that the electric car manufacturer will first open a dealership in the country, and then start business in India, and then, based on the initial feedback in the first phase, may consider increasing enthusiasm through car assembly and manufacturing.

Tesla has not issued any clear statement on this issue, and it is unclear whether the minister will speak on the basis of high-level talks with electric car manufacturers. In addition, the minister’s office has not issued any statement on this matter.

India has been very keen to significantly reduce its dependence on oil to meet its growing energy and transportation needs and reduce its carbon footprint by reducing pollution, but plans to promote electric vehicles as an alternative have slowed down.

Due to the lack of investment in infrastructure such as manufacturing and charging stations.

The first electric car model to be launched will be the Model 3, the cheapest model among Tesla cars, with a price hovering around US$74,739 (5.5 million Indian rupees).

The information is extracted from a report by the Economic Times on Saturday.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed the news through its verified Twitter processing on Sunday. This is a positive push for India’s upcoming launch in 2021, but said it will not Month occurs.

A few weeks after CEO Elon Musk hinted that he would enter the subcontinent in 2021, the Indian state of Maharashtra invited the company to join the state.