Telangana Minister KT Rama Rao invites Tesla CEO Elon Musk to move to the state

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Telangana Minister KT Rama Rao’s invitation comes a day after CEO Elon Musk responded to a Tweet, saying the company was still working on many challenges with the Indian government.



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Telangana minister reached out to Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Twitter

Telangana Industry and Commerce Minister KT Rama Rao recently reached out to Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Twitter, inviting him to move to the state. The minister said the Telangana state government is open to partnering with Tesla to address the challenges faced by the electric vehicle maker. The minister’s invitation comes a day after Musk responded to a Tweet, saying the company was still working on numerous challenges with the Indian government.

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KT Rama Rao said on Twitter: “Hey Elon, I am the Minister of Industry and Commerce of Telangana State in India. Will be happy to partner with Tesla to meet the challenges of setting up in India /Telangana. Our state is a champion of sustainability initiatives and a premier business destination in India.”

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The electric vehicle maker has lobbied the Indian government to reduce import duties on electric vehicles to 40%, saying the move would make electric vehicles more affordable and boost sales. The Ministry of Heavy Industries and the Ministry of Finance had previously asked Tesla to increase localization and share ramp-up plans while considering local assembly of cars, before asking the government for help. However, the company has given no commitment or assurance on this.

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Musk has been outspoken on social media about India’s import tax laws, calling India’s import duty on cars the highest in the world. India levies a 60% import duty on electric vehicles that cost $40,000 or less, and a 100% duty on those priced above $40,000. Musk previously said that Tesla would consider opening a factory in India, if successful with imports.

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