Tesla's Indian lobbyist resigns after Elon Musk calls a quit in India
As Elon Musk-owned Tesla decided to put a hold on its Indian operations, the company’s Indian lobbyist quit the job. The company is currently reallocating its employees.
- Manuj Khurana lobbied Indian government for over a year
- Tesla was seeking tax relaxation on import of EVs in India
- Company also started accepting pre-orders for Model 3 EV
In the year 2021, Tesla booked a seat in a shared working space environment in Bengaluru. The news brought along a wave of enthusiasm for Tesla fans. However, the company has recently ordered its Indian employees to continue working for APAC and middle-eastern markets. The announcement also cleared that the company is pulling the plug on its Indian operations and plans to launch its line-up in the Indian market. In addition, a top executive of Tesla India has now resigned from the EV brand. It is reported that Manuj Khurana, Policy and Business Development Executive has parted ways from the company.
It is being reported that he was also directing the lobbying campaign for the EV maker in the Indian market for more than a year. Khurana lobbied the Indian government to attain tax relaxation on the import of electric vehicles in the Indian market via the CBU route. While Khurana was trying to bring down taxes from 100 per cent to 40 per cent, the Indian government was keen on making Tesla set up its manufacturing unit in the Indian market.
With this decision of the government, Tesla’s Indian subsidiary has dropped plans to sell cars in the Indian market for now. It is reallocating its employees and stopped the hunt for showroom spaces as well. Apart from Manuj Khurana, Tesla India’s team includes Chitra Thomas, Nitika Chabbra, Sandeep Pannu, Nithin George Thomas, Vaibhav Taneja, Venkat Sreeram and David Feinstein.
Well, Tesla was quite serious about its plan for the Indian market. The company started accepting pre-orders for the Model 3. In fact, Paytm CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma made the first booking against a sum of $1,000.Although, Tesla’s arrival in the Indian market now seems tough.