Top government sources said, “Talks with Tesla are at a nascent stage. We are trying to get this ambitious project to Gujarat which has emerged as an automobile hub. Gujarat aims to contribute maximum in realising the dream of making India a $5 trillion economy and projects like Tesla will play a significant role in it.”
Gujarat may offer land to Tesla in the Sanand-Bechraji region where Tata Motors and Suzuki have their auto plants. The region has good connectivity with ports, facilitating exports.
Sources further added that Dholera is also among the potential sites where Tesla could set up plant, provided all goes well.
Gujarat emerged as an automobile hub with the arrival of Tata Motors’ ambitious Nano plant and since then, the state has seen arrival of auto companies like Ford Motors, whose plant was acquired by Tata Motors, and Suzuki. MG Motor also set up its only plant in India by acquiring General Motor’s Halol plant.