While Elon Musk has announced that he will not bring Tesla cars to India until his demands are met, the rich and famous are not deterred from importing a Tesla vehicle into the country. A long range model of Tesla Model Y imported by individuals on the streets of Bengaluru has surfaced online. In posts shared on social media by carcrazy.india, the car is shown in a wash shop, where the car’s tailgate and left side door are shown open.
The Model Y is a crossover version of the Model 3 and is slightly more expensive than the Model 3, which is Tesla’s entry-level vehicle and was supposed to enter India last year.
The long-range, twin-engine Model Y starts at a base price of $62,990 and can go up to $83,990 with all available features. According to Tesla, the long-range Model Y is capable of carrying 7 passengers and their cargo. Each second-row seat folds flat independently, creating flexible storage for skis, furniture, luggage and more. The tailgate opens to a low boot floor which makes loading and unloading quick and easy.
The long-range variant offers a range of 524 km and a top speed of 217 km/h. It can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds. Last month, Mr Musk said that Tesla would not manufacture cars in India until it was allowed to sell and service its electric vehicles: “Tesla will not set up a manufacturing plant in a place where we are not allowed to sell and service cars,” he tweeted.
The team Musk recruited in India last year has now been refocused to focus on the Middle East and larger Asia-Pacific markets.
Currently, India levies a 100% tax on imported cars priced above $40,000 (Rs 30 lakhs) including insurance and shipping, and cars under $40 000 dollars are subject to 60% import tax.
Musk said he wanted to launch cars in India, but the country’s import duties on EVs are “by far the highest in the world”.
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