Tata denies Tesla tie up after ‘Tere mere pyaar ke charche’ rumours
Tata Motors has categorically denied of any talks between the carmaker and Tesla for a joint venture on electric vehicles. The carmaker had to issue a statement after its EV wing Tata Motors Electric Mobility shared a now-deleted tweet hinting that rumours about the tie-up was not baseless.
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Tesla has made its India debut after it registered as Tesla India Motors and Energy Pvt Ltd with the Registrar of Companies (RoC) in Bengaluru earlier this week. The US-based EV maker is still in talks with several state governments to set up its facility in India to produce electric vehicles. Tesla might need to look for a local partner initially to be able to start its business in India before it can set up its own facility in future.
There have been a lot of talks on who Tesla could have been talking with for its India partnership. Most prominent among the names was Tata Motors. Last week, a spike in Tata Motors shares amid such talks only fanned the rumour mills.
On Friday, a tweet from Tata Motors’ EV wing sparked the speculation further. Quoting a couple of lines from a famous Bollywood song, Tata Motors Electric Mobility had tweeted, "Aajkal tere mere pyaar ke charche hain akhbaar mein, Sab ko malum hai aur sabko khabar ho gayi!", and tagged Tesla and its CEO Elon Musk with the hashtags WelcomeTesla and TeslaInIndia. However, the tweet was deleted later.
Tata Motors clarified and issued a statement saying, “Tata Motors has not taken any decision regarding a strategic partner for its PV (passenger vehicle) business and categorically denies any and all rumours suggesting the same."
Reports suggest that the Karnataka government has also offered land to Tesla in Tumkur which is located on the outskirts of Bengaluru city in order to set-up a manufacturing facility there.
Reports indicate that the American EV maker will launch its best-selling and most affordable Model 3 car in India. Tesla's very first offering will go on sale by the end of the first quarter of FY 2021-22. Pre-bookings are also said to initiate soon.