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Recently there were alleged reports of Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio to be in talks with Elon Musk’s EV company Tesla. The collaboration would make Jio the singular operator to handle Tesla’s network requisites in the country. Meanwhile, in a recent interview with the WSJ, the billionaire boss of the world’s largest EV maker confessed India to be an interesting destination for Tesla’s plants. However, his first response was Mexico, as he eyes on global expansion by the end of 2023.

Elon Musk on which is the most exciting country to build a @Tesla factory now: “We’ll probably pick another location towards the end of this year.”

On asked if India is interesting, Elon responded: “Absolutely” pic.twitter.com/OwINE5laSv

— Sawyer Merritt (@SawyerMerritt) May 23, 2023

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The Chinese lockdown during the pandemic dealt a huge blow to Tesla’s production and operation. Last year, the EV maker’s share significantly dipped. Sales slashed to an abysmal 98% during the spring of 2022. The disruption led to shuttering operations in the country. Musk also started scouting for prospect locations for Tesla. Add to the mix, America’s discomfort with Musk being cozier with Beijing than Washington DC. Musk’s American Dream had for long rested on the Great Wall of Chinese ambition of tech supremacy. Not that other countries don’t aspire to be one. India being one among the many.

While China has a better market for EV (both makers and buyers), where does India stand? Even if Musk gets gigafactories in the country. The billionaire had earlier run into regulatory issues with the regime. Both Tesla and Starlink couldn’t wiggle into the Indian market despite Musk’s best foot forward.

However, things seem to be changing for the new Twitter overlord and his renewed admiration of all things Indian. The maverick first started following Narendra Modi on Twitter. He admitted Butter Chicken to be a superior dish. All the while, acceding to the GOI’s requests to comply with the rule of the land. So even if Musk brings Tesla to Hindustan, will it be fruitful for the company? Will it be beneficial for India? Is India ready for the EV revolution? Can India afford one? The answer unfortunately doesn’t lie in India’s ranking in the Global Hunger Index. One percent of India definitely can afford an overtly priced EV. However, Indian roads are a different story. Meanwhile, Tesla’s popularity in China continues to rise according to the Atlantic.

Catch Elon Musk’s entire interview with the WSJ in the tweet below.

Twitter is reinventing itself as a private company. Tesla continues to lead the electric vehicle revolution amid rising competition. SpaceX is commodifying space access. We speak with @elonmusk about what’s next for his business empire. https://t.co/3oJixQPxJy

— WSJ Live Journalism (@WSJLive) May 23, 2023

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