Govt May Consider Lower Import Duty, Other Incentives If Tesla Sets Up Manufacturing Facility In India: Report

by Swarajya Staff - Jul 27, 2021 10:46 AM +05:30 IST
Govt May Consider Lower Import Duty, Other Incentives If Tesla Sets Up Manufacturing Facility In India: ReportTesla’s factory in Fremont, California (representative image) (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

India may consider US electric carmaker Tesla's demand for lower import duty and will provide other incentives if the company decides to manufacture its electric vehicles locally.

Tesla had earlier approached the government seeking reduction in customs duty on its fully assembled cars.

The US electric carmaker had sought a 40 per cent import duty on fully assembled electric cars against the current rate of 60 per cent applicable on those priced below $40,000 and 100 per cent on those above the $40,000 mark.

Tesla had reasoned that its cars should be treated as electric vehicles and not luxury automobiles.

"We will be open to consider, especially if they will set up a manufacturing place here," a government official was quoted by Economic Times as saying.

However, any decision on the matter will be sector specific and not for a particular company, according to the report.

Besides, Tesla could also avail various incentives that Prime Minister Narendra Modi led Central government had rolled out to encourage local production of EVs in the country.

It should be noted that the Modi government is also in touch with large global firms to set up manufacturing plants in the country. It has reduced the GST on EVs from 12 per cent to 5 per cent. Further, to boost charging infrastructure in the country, the GST on charging stations for EVs has been slashed to 5 per cent from 18 per cent.

Under the FAME-India scheme, the government is also providing incentives on purchase of the EVs through an upfront reduction in their price. Further, a Rs 1.5 lakh income tax deduction is being provided on interest paid on loans taken to purchase such vehicles.

However, no such incentives are being provided for the imported electric vehicles.

Further, the current duty structure does not differentiate between electric cars and those running on traditional fuels.

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