What we know about the Tesla Motors models due for launch in India
Tesla Motors Inc., the electric mobility company, is preparing to join the Indian market, with four of its models having the approval for homologation by the Indian government. In this article, we will go through some of the details of these models.
According to the government’s Vahan Seva website, four Tesla models were filed for homologation and received permission. However, the website does not confirm the car’s name or version. Tesla Club India which is a Twitter club for keeping track of Tesla’s activities in India, believes the vehicles are the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y.
The rumors are based on the fact that Tesla’s Model 3 and Model Y were sighted testing on Indian roads; extensively camouflaged but difficult to mistake for anything else, due to the distinct outlines carried by each Tesla.
All Tesla automobiles, like almost every other car sold in the world, come in a variety of configurations. Each variant has different motor combinations and tuning levels.
Tesla Model 3
Model 3 offers three powertrain choices open in international markets; starting with the rear-wheel-drive “Standard Plus” model, which has a single electric motor driving the rear axle. According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s testing technique, it has a claimed range of 421 kilometers and a 50 kWh battery.
The base Tesla motors in the United States costs around Rs 29.2 lakh. Since it’s a straight import, it’ll cost twice as much in India.
Furthermore, the Model 3 features two dual-motor variants: the Performance and the Long Range AWD. Both are powered by the same 75 kWh battery. However, one having the calibration for outright acceleration while the other being best suitable for a longer range of 568km. The top-end variant costs Rs 41.6 lakh in the US and Rs 82 lakh in India.
Tesla Model Y
While the Model 3 is currently the best-selling plug-in electric car in the world, India is primarily an SUV market. Hence, considering the Model X being too expensive to introduce in India at first, the Model Y makes more sense.
Although consumers in that segment are less concerned with utility, the Model Y comes standard with a seven-seat layout (optional) and dual-motor AWD, making it a capable off-roader.
The price projection for Model Y will start at roughly Rs 77 lakh in India, considering that it costs Rs 38.7 lakh in the US. It will be available in two variants: Performance and Long Range AWD. Both Model 3 and Model Y are at the lower end of Tesla’s product line, with the Model S Plaid and the upcoming Roadster at the top.
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