Tesla seems all geared up to launch the Model 3 electric car in India during 2021, according to a new report on the EconomicTimes. The bookings for the Model 3 in India began few years ago and many corporates including PayTM founder Vijay Shekhar Verma were quick and agile enough to book the electric car for $1000. Once the company received adequate number of orders they closed the bookings. In India again the orders will be taken from the customers in early half of the year 2021. The Model 3 is the most affordable electric car produced by Tesla, and has been a runaway success for the electric vehicle pioneer. In fact, the Model 3 was introduced as a volume bagger, meant to attract price conscious buyers to the Tesla fold. The expected prices of Model 3 in India is likely to command from 55-60 lakh rupees. The company has been looking forward to establish a production facility but has been exploring options for the same. Tesla has set up a massive production facility that it calls Gigafactory in neighboring China, a country that’s one of the fastest adopters of electric vehicles. While electric vehicles are quickly getting popular in India as well, they’re yet to pose a real threat to vehicles running on petrol, diesel or even CNG/LPG for that matter.
Tesla is likely to launch the Model 3 in India as a completely built unit (CBU) initially, with the completely knocked down (CKD) kit route being taken in due course of time. A full fledged manufacturing facility for Tesla is likely to take much longer to fructify in India though. Once Tesla establishes a factory in India, and begins producing electric cars here, prices for the Model 3 could drop to about Rs. 30 lakh, bringing it within the reach of a vast number of car buyers. As a brand, Tesla already enjoys great recall in India. The titans of the county who already own Tesla cars are the Ambanis, the Ruias and some celebrities, such as Riteish Deshmukh and Pooja Batra. In fact, Pooja Batra owns a Tesla Model 3 in the United States.
The top-end trim of the Tesla Model 3 is a lot more powerful, and is equipped with an all wheel drive layout as standard. The top-end Model 3 makes 450 Bhp of peak power and 639 Nm of peak torque. Not only this but it also has the ability to accelerate to 100 Kph from standstill in just 3.1 seconds, and hits a top speed of 261 Kmph. It has a whopping battery which has a range about 500 kilometers. The Model 3’s battery stack takes about 6-6.5 hours to get fully charged while the fast charger can juice up the batteries to 80 % capacity in just 30 minutes.