A number of speculations about Tesla introducing a crossover have been doing rounds on the internet. The company has now revealed more details about the Model Y. According to Tech Crunch, the Model Y will be based on a new platform and the assembly of the new crossover could start as early as 2019. The crossover will be the fourth model from the company's lineup and unlike conventional electric cars, Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, plans to do away with the 12-volt electrical supply system. According to Musk, this would reduce the wiring which would entail in reduced manufacturing cost and a completely new electric supply system would have to be developed in-house, provided the company is able to move away from the 12-volt electrical system. This would be quite challenging for the electric carmaker.
For India, Tesla plans to officially introduce the Model 3 by August 2017. A Tweet in February this year by a Tesla fan went viral when Elon Musk replied to it saying that the electric car manufacturer will enter India this year itself. Pre-orders of the Model 3 have already commenced and the company is on track with the first production stock to roll out by July 2017. While the cost of the Model 3 on their official website is $35,000 which converts to roughly Rs 23.5 lakh, it will cost a lot higher in India. This will be due to the direct import route where the car would be sold as a Completely Built Unit in India. Another challenge that Tesla would have to face initially in India is the infrastructure. The Model 3 that will be sold in the country, however, would not be offered with the company's 'Autopilot' technology since the system requires proper lane marking. A small relief in terms of cost will be the Government's push for electric as well as hybrid vehicles under the FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric and hybrid vehicles) scheme. A concession of up to Rs 1.28 lakh will be offered on electric and hybrid cars under this scheme.
Musk has also expressed his interest in setting up a manufacturing plant for Lithium-ion batteries as well as superchargers as a part of the initial infrastructure for the Tesla cars that would be launched in India, however, a concrete development is yet to take place. Another challenge for Tesla in an automotive market like India is keeping price competitive, at least as compared to its diesel competitions if the company wants to have a sustainable growth in the country.