Manuj Khurana, policy and business development executive at Tesla India resigned from his post a week after Tesla announced that it will hold the electric car sales in the South Asian nation. The news is yet to be confirmed by the company or Khurana but this could be a reason behind his resignation as per a Reuters report. Let’s have a closer look at the details.
Tesla hired Manu Khurana back in 2021 to play a key role in the formation of the entrance of the EV maker in India. Khurana was trying to influence the Indian government to slash the import duty on electric cars from 100 percent to 40 percent. He was seeking a drop of 60 percent which doesn’t seem to happen any time soon.
Tesla India top lobbying executive, Manuj Khurana, quits after company puts entry plan on hold. Hired in March 2021, he was leading lobbying efforts in India & played a key role in forming a domestic market-entry plan for the U.S. carmaker https://t.co/viz9DHTMpI
— Aditya Kalra (@adityakalra)
Tesla wanted to test the Indian market by importing cars from China production hubs before burning their money on setting up a manufacturing plant. However, the Indian government pressurized Tesla to confirm that the cars will be manufactured locally. As per the report, Tesla has halted its plans for selling electric cars in India and also stopped searching for places to open a Tesla showroom.
Khurana didn’t comment on the resignation news and emails that are sent to him are receiving an automated reply saying the email address is no more valid. Last month Elon Musk the CEO of the company shared a tweet confirming that Tesla will not set up a manufacturing plant in any country that will not allow them to first sell cars.
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