Pune: Scotching rumours that Maharashtra had lost the much-hyped Tesla investment to Karnataka, state industries minister Subhash Desai on Saturday said he was confident about the auto major choosing Maharashtra to set up its manufacturing facility.
“Tesla has not gone to Karnataka. This is a misunderstanding. Tesla has decided to set up a workshop and a showroom there. Such a showroom will also open in Mumbai. They want to start a manufacturing facility in the country. However, before launching a full-fledged manufacturing plant, they want to showcase six electric vehicle models in India to see which of them will get maximum response. So, they are first going to sell. These cars on sale will be brought from the US and Europe and sold here. They will select one of the cars to be manufactured in India for the Indian market and then decide where to set up their manufacturing facility,” said Desai.
Speaking to reporters after attending the first convocation ceremony of Symbiosis Skills and Professional University as the chief guest, the minister said, “The decision on where this will be set up is still not taken. Our discussions with Tesla representatives is under way. Aaditya Thackeray (cabinet minister of tourism and environment) and I had a video conference with them. I am sure that they are in the know of the industrial ecosystem in the state. Knowing our commitment to businesses, I am confident that they will choose us.”
The guest of honour Ravi Gogia, president of Fiat India Automobiles Pvt Ltd, in his address advised students to continue with learning throughout their life and love whatever work they take up.