Elon Musk promoted electric vehicle maker Tesla, which was already in talks with the Karnataka government to set up a Research & Development (R&D) centre, is also in talks with the state government to setup its manufacturing bases in Karnataka, said Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister CN Ashwath Narayan during curtain raiser meet for the 23rd edition of Bengaluru Tech Summit. 

"We have reached out to Tesla for setting up a R&D centre in Bengaluru,” said Ashwathnarayan.

Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, in a tweet had earlier confirmed that the brand will initiate the process to launch in India in 2021 and is in talks with a host of state governments for investment plans ahead of its debut.

In September, an Economic Times report quoted Musk saying, "Tesla has shown initial interest to invest in a research and innovation centre in Karnataka and talks are at a preliminary stage," a source told the publication.

Read more at: https://www.deccanherald.com/business/business-news/tesla-in-talks-with-karnataka-government-to-set-up-research-centre-in-bengaluru-890670.html

Notably, Karnataka is first Indian state to launch an electric vehicle policy in 2017. The state government had then said it intends to make Bengaluru the electric vehicle capital of India. The Karnataka Electric Vehicle and Energy Storage Policy aims to achieve 100% electric mobility by 2030 in certain vehicle segments.

Besides Karnataks, Maharashtra government also approached Tesla and hosted the American EV maker over a video call to encourage the company to invest in the state. Maharashtra tourism and environment minister Aditya Thackery had then said that the state Industries Minister is in touch with the Tesla group for setting up their base in the state.

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