Another small development involving Tesla and India is seeing new chatter that the US automaker will install a Gigafactory in India.
A recent change in location in the LinkedIn profile of Chandrashekar Chandramowleeswaran, a Tesla supply chain manager previously based in the Netherlands, has caught the attention of Tesla fans in India. The profile now indicates that Chandramowleeswaran has been based in Mumbai since August and also showed a title change from “global sourcing manager” to “sourcing operations manager”. It’s unclear when the profile change, which was made public on Twitter by an unofficial Tesla fan club, took place.
Chandramowleeswaran and Tesla did not respond to requests for comment.
Currently, Tesla operates four fully operational factories, three in the United States and one in Shanghai, China. It also establishes another US plant in Austin, Texas, and one in Germany.
Last year, Musk hinted at the possibility of another Gigafactory in Asia outside of China, but India did not specify.
So far, Tesla has not started selling in India despite registering an Indian unit earlier this year in the Bengaluru tech hub in the southern state of Karnataka. Recently, an unexpected Model 3 ride by a Narendra Modi government transport official with a Tesla India executive also gave EV enthusiasts hope that the countdown has started for the company’s Indian debut. Musk pointed out that high import taxes were one of the main obstacles to the company’s entry into India.
Reacting to this, the Indian government said it was time for the US company to think about manufacturing its models locally and tax breaks could then follow.
“Our government wants Tesla forward plans to give rebates on import duties. So I hope we see some action from Tesla soon,” said Nikhil Chaudhary, student and co-founder of Tesla Club India. .