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Can Musk still drive Tesla in India?

IANS  |  San Francisco 

has once again vouched to make his next big market but the question lingers: Will the ever run on desi roads?

Breaking his silence over after 10 months, Musk tweeted late Friday that he would love to be in in 2019 or next year.

"Would love to be there this year. If not, definitely next! India," Musk tweeted to a user.

His tweet came after Musk earlier blamed the Indian government's restrictive policies for giving up on his India dreams.

Musk also blamed the FDI norms for the delay in the maker's entry into the Indian market.

Earlier this year, Tesla's Indian-origin announced his retirement from the firm, thus bringing Musk's India dream to a halt again.

Musk wanted to drive in India in 2017 and Ahuja, who worked out of Tesla's San Carlos headquarters, quit the company in 2015 only to rejoin in 2017.

In May last year, said he would still love to roll out Tesla electric cars in India but the tough government regulations have forced him to apply the brakes on his plans.

"Would love to be in India. Some challenging government regulations, unfortunately," Musk tweeted in response to a user who wrote "No Tesla in India" on his handle.

"Deepak Ahuja, our CFO, is from India. Tesla will be there as soon as he believes we should," added Musk, also the founder.

Tesla was expected to enter India with the Model 3 that sells for nearly $35,000.

In 2015, visited at Palo Alto, and met Musk who gave Modi a tour of the company's plant.



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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 14:26 IST