Elon Musk’s Tesla registers itself in India, but there is ‘no clarity on what Tesla would do here’

Tesla Motors India and Energy Private Limited was incorporated last week with registered offices in Bengaluru.

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk tweeted in October about a foray into India.

India’s transport minister Nitin Gadkari told local media last month that Tesla would start with sales and then might look at assembly and manufacturing.

However, local officials have suggested that Tesla’s plans for India are not entirely clear.

Karnataka industries minister Jagadish Shettar told the Times of India that “While the firm has registered, there is still no clarity about what they would do here.”

Bengaluru is the centre of India’s technology industry.

Many of the country’s home-grown tech companies have their headquarters there, and many multinationals also have their Indian headquarters in the city.

The filing shows the Indian unit has three directors including David Feinstein, who is currently a senior executive at Tesla, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Tesla’s founder Elon Musk recently became the world’s richest person, overtaking Amazon’s Jeff Bezos with a fortune of more than $185 billion.

Indian carmarkers are increasingly looking to electric vehicles as a growth market.

Tata Motors, India’s biggest carmaker, is expected to introduce a range of affordable electric vehicles this year, while Mahindra and Maruti are also expected to launch their own versions this year.