PM Modi Visits Tesla Motors With Its CEO Elon Musk Himself Conducting The Factory Tour
Indian Prime Minister on a 5-day tour of America recently visited the factory of the world’s popular electric car Tesla. He was accompanied by the company founder & CEO Elon Musk, who took him around Tesla Motors. PM Modi later said that he was impressed by Tesla’s battery power saving technology called the ‘power ball’, which stores electricity in a battery for long term.
Elon Musk tweeted that he had great discussion with PM Modi about solar / batteries empowering rural communities. PM Modi also tweeted that he enjoyed the discussion with Elon Musk on how battery technology can help farmers. The spokesperson for the ministry of external affairs, Vikas Swarup, told the media that the Prime Minister was very keen to see how we could utilise the battery (the power ball concept) to leap-frog development in India.
Tesla spokesperson Ricardo Reyes later told PTI, "Musk and Prime Minister Modi discussed Tesla's developments in battery technology, energy storage and renewable energy and the positive implications of this innovation for India. We were delighted to host Prime Minister Modi at the Tesla Factory ".
The tech-savvy PM Modi spent about an hour in Tesla factory showing keen interest in Tesla’s technology & products. PM Modi also interacted with Indian employees at Tesla, who were all agog when the PM accepted their request to pose for a group photo.
Currently, Tesla has four electric cars to offer; which are – Roadster, Model S, Model X and the upcoming Model 3. Although, Tesla has not officially commented yet; following this visit, will Tesla consider jumping onto the bandwagon of ‘Make in India’ to make Tesla products in India? Only time would tell...!!!
Tesla had in the recent past shown interest in India, when last year it revealed its plans to enter the Indian market with its upcoming sedan. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Tesla now decides to reach Indian shores at least with one of its cars soon.