In just a decade, Tesla Motors has risen to become the biggest name in the EV business today. With their eco-friendly family cars that can outpace sportscars and even some supercars, Tesla appeal to enthusiasts and the environmentally-conscious individuals.
The Indian market has really been waiting a long time for the brand to offer its models here. The Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways and the minister of MSMEs Nitin Gadkari recently announced that Tesla would start operations in India in early 2021.
An earlier tweet from Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, in October, had hinted at this particular development as well. The US-based car-maker focuses almost exclusively on electrified mobility solutions with a range of premium and luxury models that offer a blend of capacity and performance.
Of the four models that are currently in production, Tesla is likely to enter the market with the first “mass market” offering, the Model 3. Since its production-specifications debut in 2017, the Tesla Model 3 sedan has been the company’s most successful product.
Tesla India 2021 Launch Confirmed
It is offered in three variants as of now Standard Range Plus, Long Range variant, and Performance. The entry version makes use of a single motor to drive the rear wheels and it provides a claimed range of over 420km with a 0-96km/h time of 5.6 seconds.
The Long Range variant model features a bigger battery pack and has two motors working, one at each axle for AWD. It promises the driver to deliver a range of over 560km while the 0-96kmph time drops to 4.2 seconds.
The top-spec Performance variant model has the same battery and motor as the Long Range version but is calibrated for even faster acceleration (zero to 96kmph in 3.1 seconds), which ultimately brings the claimed range down to just over 500km.
Only the Standard and the Long Range variants are expected to be offered in India initially. Tesla continues to improve on this model each year while also offering over-the-air updates for the software of the car to existing owners.
A vital aspect of a Tesla’s interior is the large central display on the dashboard, which acts as the car’s entire control panel. The Model 3 has a 15-in touchscreen unit with split-screen viewing to access various controls, connected services, and driver’s information.
There isn’t a conventional instrument cluster on its dashboard. The US pricing currently, before government incentives and savings, stands between Rs 27.87 lakh (US$ 37,990) and Rs 40.34 lakh (US$ 54,990).