Piyush Goyal tours Tesla factory in Fremont

Indian commerce minister Piyush Goyal visited Tesla’s California manufacturing factory on Tuesday. 

Piyush Goyal is in San Francisco to attend the ministerial engagements of Indo-Pacific Economic Framework and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.

“Extremely delighted to see talented Indian engineers & finance professionals working at Senior positions and contributing to Tesla’s remarkable journey to transform mobility,” Goyal wrote on X after visiting the Tesla’s manufacturing facility at Fremont, California.

The minister lauded “growing importance of Auto component suppliers from India in the Tesla EV supply chain”. “It is on its way to double its components imports from India,” he wrote.

Tesla’s Chief Executive Officer Musk was likely to meet Goyal to discuss the company’s plans to set up a factory in India.

However, the much anticipated meet between Goyal and electric vehicle maker’s chief Elon Musk didn’t happen. “Missed Elon Musk’s magnetic presence and I wish him a speedy recovery,” Goyal wrote.

The Indian government is planning to offer tax cuts on the imports of completely-built units of EVs, for a period of up to five years. It is seen as an attempt to woo the likes of Tesla Inc. to sell and eventually make its cars in the country, where the EV market is still in its nascent stage.

Image courtesy of (X/ @PiyushGoyal)

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