NEW DELHI: As Elon Musk's company prepares to launch the first all-electric vehicle in India this year, it has recruited top executives in the world who have taken care of some of its operations.
Following Musk's confirmation of Tesla's arrival in India, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa announced in February that the California-based electric vehicle and renewable energy corporation will establish a manufacturing facility in the state. Tesla has already established a presence in Bengaluru. It has now increased recruiting for top positions and has hired Manuj Khurana, an IIM Bangalore alumnus, as the Policy and Business Development head for India operations.
Nishant has been appointed as the company's Charging Manager, and he will be in charge of Tesla India's supercharging, destination charging, and home charging operations. He was previously the head of charging infrastructure and energy storage at Ather Energy, a homegrown electric car firm.
Chithra Thomas, who previously worked at Walmart and Reliance Retail, is now the country HR chief for Tesla India. "Tesla India is running at a breakneck pace to assemble a local team. We're looking forward to seeing how things are progressing. When @Tesla delivers the first cars in India, I hope to see you (Musk) " In a tweet on Wednesday, Tesla Club India said.
Tesla will begin operations in India with an R&D unit in Bengaluru, according to a tweet from Yediyurappa's official account on January 12.
Musk broke his silence on January 13 after news broke that Tesla had finally entered India by registering as a company in Bengaluru, saying that he is on his way to fulfilling his pledge to enable electric cars to be driven on Indian roads.
Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, announced last week that Tesla has been invited to begin producing electric vehicles in India.
He said it is a golden chance for the group to start manufacturing in India during his speech at The Raisina Dialogue 2021. "I had a video call with Tesla executives. I told them that starting manufacturing in India will be a great opportunity for them "he said
Gadkari also said that the government has assured the company that it will assist them in establishing industrial clusters in the region.
"Indian goods are also improving," he said, expressing trust in Indian EV manufacturers. "Within two years, we will have e-vehicles of Tesla standard in the Indian market."
"So, in the interest of Tesla, I proposed that you begin manufacturing in India as soon as possible," the minister continued.
To help their work, Newsmusk allows writers to use primary sources. White papers, government data, initial reporting, and interviews with industry experts are only a few examples. Where relevant, we also cite original research from others respected publishers.