India seems to be following the lead of several other countries with Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Mercedes Benz India boss Roland Folger both pursuing the idea of bringing electric vehicles to the highly populated country. The two automobile titans are faced with obstacles, one big one being building the customer base from essentially nothing. There are doubts from others on the plausibility of this idea based on India’s infrastructure constraints and affordability. However, between Folger’s heavy investment in electric mobility technology and Musk’s discussion with the Indian government to provide relief on import restrictions, it definitely does not seem impossible.
By Emily Kwan