The entry of Tesla in the Indian market is imminent. As seen on Vahan Sewa, a government of India portal for vehicle homologation, Tesla has homologated or approved four models for use on Indian roads, which is a fairly direct indicator of its India market plans.
What is homologation?
During homologation, a particular vehicle must meet specific government-imposed criteria and must be roadworthy, as well as match certain specifications laid out for all vehicles made or imported in the country. As per the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, the tests ensure that the vehicle complies with the Indian market requirements for emissions, safety, and roadworthiness.
How does this affect Tesla India?
Tesla Motors’ India division – Tesla India Motors and Energy Pvt Ltd – has thus been approved to either make or import four vehicles. During the early hours of August 30, Tesla Club India tweeted that the company had completed homologation and received approval regarding four of its vehicles in India. There are probably two Model 3 and one Model Y variants, but we have not received confirmation on names yet. Additionally, Tesla offers the Model S sedan and Model X SUV internationally, though the carmaker has yet to officially announce which model will be launched when.
The Tesla Model 3 is the company’s most affordable model, and as it already has been spotted testing on Indian roads, it will likely be the first Tesla to be sold in India. Outside the United States, the Tesla Model 3 comes with a single or dual-motor option. Its range is 423 kilometres and it has a time of under six seconds to go from 0 to 100 kmph. With dual-motor versions including the Long Range AWD and Performance, it can do 0-100kmph in 4.5 seconds and has a range of 568km, and a top speed of over 260kmph, along with upgraded brakes.