Indian officials have stated that Tesla will not receive special treatment, import duty rollbacks, or any advantage not offered to other companies. The Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries, Krishan Pal Gurjar, confirmed this on Friday, emphasizing that Tesla will not receive preferential treatment based on its accomplishments. However, the Ministry of Heavy Industries is implementing Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Schemes to promote Advanced Automotive Technology (AAT) Products, including electric cars and Advanced Chemistry Cell (ACC) batteries.
Gurjar mentioned that the PLI scheme has closed, but Tesla can apply for the “National Programme on Advanced Chemistry Cells Battery Storage,” another incentive program aimed at enhancing India’s manufacturing capabilities. However, the Indian government is concerned about foreign-made cars flooding the market and instead prioritizes long-term domestic manufacturing efforts, pushing Tesla to invest in India. This stance is unlikely to change.