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‘Govt. Open to Sops if Tesla Decides to Make in India’

India is open to considering lower import duty and other incentives for Tesla if the company decided to manufacture its cars in the country, a senior government official told ET.

Tesla has approached the government to seek reduced customs duty on its cars, reasoning that they should be treated as electric vehicles and not luxury automobile.

“We will be open to consider, especially if they will set up a manufacturing place here,” said the official, who did not want to be identified. Any decision on this count will be sector specific and not for a particular company.

Electric vehicles and clean energy have been among the key focus areas for the Narendra Modi government, which has offered multiple incentives to encourage production of such automobiles in the country.

The government is also in touch with large global companies to set up manufacturing plants in the country. The goods and services tax (GST) on electric vehicles has been cut to 5% from 12% while that on chargers and charging stations for electric vehicle has been reduced to 5% from 18%.

Additionally, under the FAME-India scheme, incentives are provided on the purchase of electric vehicles through an upfront reduction in their price. Income tax deduction of Rs. 1.5 lakh on interest paid has also been provided on loans taken to purchase electric vehicles. There is no relief for imported electric vehicles though.   S-ET

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