Iconic electric car maker Tesla is unlikely to open its base at the proposed JNPT SEZ, Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has indicated.
Speaking at an event here, he said: "My department is concentrating on alternate fuels particularly on electricity" and the work is also being carried out on ethanol, methanol, bio-diesel and CNG.
When asked if the Elon Musk-promoted, the US-based Tesla is coming to the proposed SEZ at JNPT which is the country's largest container port, Gadkari replied in the negative. "No," he said, without elaborating further. According to reports, JNPT, which is building a Special Economic Zone in a 277-hectare plot, was pitching to get Tesla open a manufacturing facility at the proposed facility.
Gadkari had visited Tesla headquarters in San Fransisco last year and had invited the iconic auto and battery-maker to set up a facility in the country and offered land adjoining any port. Tesla has done advancements on power storage front which has also led it to launch some of the most sought after electric cars.