While Elon Musk has stated that he would not introduce Tesla vehicles to India unless his demands are satisfied, the affluent and famous are not discouraged from bringing a Tesla vehicle into the nation.
A privately imported long-range Tesla Model Y on a Bengaluru street has suddenly appeared online.
The automobile is featured at a wash business in images uploaded on social media by carcrazy.india, with the tailgate and left side door open. Model Y is a crossover variant of Model 3 that is somewhat more expensive than Model 3, Tesla's entry-level car that was slated to arrive in India last year. The dual motor long-range Model Y begins at $62,990 and may go up to $83,990 with all available equipment.
According to Tesla, the long-range Model Y can transport 7 passengers and their luggage. Each second row seat folds flat separately, allowing for versatile storage of skis, furniture, baggage, and other items. The liftgate opens to reveal a low trunk floor, making loading and unloading simple and quick.
The long-range model has a driving range of 524 kilometres and a peak speed of 217 kilometres per hour. It can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds.
Musk stated last month that Tesla will not produce cars in India until it is permitted to sell and repair its electric automobiles. "Tesla will not build a factory in any region where we are not first permitted to sell and repair cars," Musk tweeted.
Musk's staff in India has been redirected to focus on the Middle East and broader Asia-Pacific regions. Currently, India slaps a 100% import tax on imported automobiles costing more than $40,000 (Rs 30 lakhs), including insurance and shipping costs, while cars costing less than $40,000 are subject to a 60% import tax.
Musk has stated that he wishes to launch automobiles in India, but the country's import levies on EVs are "by far the highest in the world."