Ahmedabad: Ahead of Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit (VGGS) 2024, the state government is working hard to bring electric car giant Tesla to Gujarat.
Tesla Inc’s chief Elon Musk had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New York in June.
Sources said the central government is in talks with Tesla to bring it to India and the Gujarat government is taking support from the Centre to bring the project to Sanand-Bechraji region or Dholera. They added that Tesla may join hands with Indian auto brands.
The sources added, “Gujarat is one of the most industrialised states and an automobile hub. We are taking help from the central government to bring the Tesla project to Gujarat during VGGS 2024.”
Top government sources said, “Talks with Tesla are at a nascent stage. We are trying to get this ambitious project to Gujarat which has emerged as an automobile hub. Gujarat aims to contribute maximum in realising the dream of making India a $5 trillion economy and projects like Tesla will play a significant role in it.”
Gujarat may offer land to Tesla in the Sanand-Bechraji region where Tata Motors and Suzuki have their auto plants. The region has good connectivity with ports, facilitating exports.
Sources further added that Dholera is also among the potential sites where Tesla could set up plant, provided all goes well.
Gujarat emerged as an automobile hub with the arrival of Tata Motors’ ambitious Nano plant and since then, the state has seen arrival of auto companies like Ford Motors, whose plant was acquired by Tata Motors, and Suzuki.
MG Motor also set up its only plant in India by acquiring General Motor’s Halol plant.