Report – Tesla Model 3 to be launched in India to rival BMW’s 3 Series

Posted on: Nov 27, 2014 - 9:23pm IST

To be unveiled in 2016.

Tesla Motors has recently announced that it’s working on a third model which is to be called as the Tesla Model III (Tesla Model 3). The fully electric car which is expected to be competing with the conventional fuel powered luxury sedans like the BMW 3 Series, Jaguar XE, Mercedes C Class and Audi A4, would be launched in India, reports Economic Times.

The Tesla Model S (image) is deemed too expensive for an electric car in the Indian market.

Talking to the publication, Mr. Jay Vijayan, chief information officer at Tesla Motors, stated that India is a huge potential market for the brand but it takes more affordable and economic cars to crack it. The Model S which competes with the likes of BMW 5 Series could prove to be too expensive considering that India has a high import duty for CBU models.

Talking about the possibility of local assembly in India, Mr. Vijayan acknowledged that the country is identified as one of the possible locations for an assembly plant and there are plans to initiate a dialogue with the government of India to provide support for pure electric cars.

While the technical details of the Tesla Model 3 is not available (internet rumors say it is about 25 percent smaller than the Model S, but is similar in shape), the top executive said that the product is being developed with a target price of USD 30,000 – 40,000 (around INR 18.55 lakhs to 24.75 lakhs).

Tesla Model X rear three quarters official image
The Tesla X crossover (image) is the next product in the company’s pipeline.

Also read: Tesla X deliveries delayed again

It’s to be noted that India has proposed the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP) 2020 which would involve incentives to the tune of INR 14,000 crore to promote green vehicle technologies. The plan which is yet to be implemented aims to save 2.2-2.5 million tonnes of fuel by the end of this decade by promoting green vehicles.

Competitors: BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C Class, Audi A4
Expected Price: INR 19-25 lakhs
Launch Date: 2016 in International markets

Tesla Model X – Image Gallery (Unrelated)

[Source: Economic Times]

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9 thoughts on “Report – Tesla Model 3 to be launched in India to rival BMW’s 3 Series

  1. tally says:

    Tesla electric model III will be well accepted in India if it is value for money. Infrastructure can be easily created by utilizing existing Petrol gas stations on highway which can provide quick charging station. A range of 300-350 km on single charge and good performance car is what Indians are looking for. Model X may cater for SUV segment but model III priced 20 25 lac will be a success story.

  2. EROEI POWER says:

    Fantastic, looking forward to Tesla SUV’s soon?

  3. benny says:

    Its great news finally that Tesla has considered to move into the Indian market.
    Mr. Vijayan you are not hundered percent correct to say that Indians like only cheap products, we want quality at an affordable price. And as per our respected Prime minister Make in India should be on your agenda, the sooner the better or you will miss the good opportunity. I have been following Tesla for a long time and getting updates in my mail box and I can say that a good product from Tesla will be my next car.

  4. Nirjhar says:

    It’s fairly resonable prised for Uk based car brand. This is noting expensive compared to B.M.W’s , Mercidies’s or Audi’s and after all this is next-gen and future technology unlike bmw or mer’s or audi’s where they are just using 1800’s Internal combustion engines.

    This is a kind of ‘monopoly’ adopted by many traditional car makers and auto review magazines to demonize the TESLA models because they don’t use any petrol or desiel fuel and could give hard compeitetion to them. Many online magazines and Auto sites have adopted this policie for no reason, just following like sheeps…
    Tesla models are far better than any other brands out there no matter traditional engines or eletric engines

    ,..There are people in the world who own 10-12 Tesla cars and drive it in ‘ice of Arcetic’ why,…because they love the make and performance of this car….
    Sir plz be unbiased do not judge any one cuz others SAY SO…..Also Now a day a hype is being manufactured about Toyota hydrozen car….No one talk about it’s milllege…which is very bad and not very good than any other petrol or desiel cars..why because …again monopoly of some to promote and hand pick brands based on market value….!

    I would love if you have any argument against this and i would love to hear..! don’t sensor my comment..! for the sake of transparent opinion, If you believe in..! 🙂

    ~namaste bhai~

    1. sszaa says:

      I agree

    2. Blastergamer says:

      Just to correct your first sentence, Tesla is an American brand (with a South African CEO), not British 😉

      I agree with you, hydrogen doesn’t make it more environment-friendly and cost-effective, though, Toyota isn’t the only company making a hydrogen car. Honda, Hyundai and Volkswagen are testing theirs as well.

    3. Dr. Nayak says:

      Just like to know where the electricity to charge the LiP battery comes from? I am sure it is not from trees! This form of transportation is more polluting than the traditional modern IC engine unless the power is generated by solar or wind.

      1. Tom says:

        No, you are wrong there. The emissions caused by the whole industry behind making gasoline/petrol PLUS the emissions generated when driving an ICE are far far higher than charging an electric car from a dirty power plant. Obviously the ultimate aim is to generate your electricity as cleanly as possible, but the world is already shifting in that direction with the increase in renewable power plants and distributed solar etc. Things are only going to get better, but even now charging an EV is cleaner than running a car on gasoline.

    4. watchingfromabove says:

      Tesla is a US based car Brand. The current factory is located in Fremont, California, USA with a new battery facility (the Tesla Gigafactory) being built in Sparks, Nevada, USA.

      I fully agree with you on the hydrogen fuel cell car. The major issue is lack of infrastructure (almost no filling stations for hydrogen) and the high cost of hydrogen which currently is produced least expensively from methane ( a fossil fuel).


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