Tesla Inc has finally made its way to India after several years of dilly-dallying. In Bengaluru, it has set up its India subsidiary and a corporate office. BS Yediyurappa, Karnataka Chief Minister, welcomed Tesla chief Elon Musk through a tweet. Yediyurappa also declared that the electric vehicle giant would establish a research and development (R&D) unit in Bengaluru. Bengaluru has one of the biggest groups of technical and R&D centres in the country with more over half a dozen automotive companies. In Bengaluru, General Motors, Continental, Mahindra & Mahindra, Bosch, Delphi, Mercedes-Benz, Great Wall Motors and Volvo have operational R&D units.
As per the claim made by the Karnataka government, over 45 electric vehicle start-ups are based in Bengaluru. They include Ather Energy, Mahindra Electric and Ultraviolette Automotive. A large number of they are focussed on two-wheelers. Ola Electric is also based in Bengaluru. Recently, it announced its entry into the electric two-wheeler space. Establishing an R&D unit in India indicates Tesla’s aim of profiting from the wide-ranging IT and engineering talent pool generated by the country. Auto firms have used the India R&D centre to work on projects not only intended for India but even those projected for the US, Europe and China.
At the Bengaluru-based research and development plant of Mercedes-Benz, Software engineers are working on projects such as driverless cars. Apart from this, China’s Great Wall Motors began its R&D unit to work on electric vehicles in Karnataka’s capital. There is ample IT and engineering talent available in the State.