Imported long-haul Tesla Model Y spotted in India


While Elon Musk has announced not to bring Tesla cars to India unless its demands are met, the rich and famous will not be dissuaded from importing a Tesla vehicle into the country.

A privately imported long-range model of Tesla Model Y in the street of Bengaluru has now surfaced online.

In the posts shared by carcrazy.india on social media, the car is shown at a car wash, where the tailgate and left side door of the car are open.

Model Y is a crossover version of Model 3 and is slightly more expensive than Model 3, Tesla’s entry-level model that was supposed to enter India last year.

The dual-motor long-haul model starts at a base price of $62,990 and can reach $83,990 with all available features.

According to Tesla, the long-haul model Y can carry 7 passengers and their cargo.

Each second row seat folds down individually, providing flexible storage for skis, furniture, luggage and more.

The tailgate opens to a low boot floor, making loading and unloading quick and easy.

The long-haul variant offers a range of 524 km and a top speed of 217 km/h. It sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds.

Musk said last month that Tesla will not manufacture cars in India unless it is allowed to sell and service its electric vehicles.

“Tesla will not put a factory in a location where we are not allowed to sell and service cars first,” Musk tweeted.

The team Musk hired in India last year has now been diverted to focus on the Middle East and the larger Asia-Pacific markets.

Currently, India levies 100 percent tax on imported cars priced over $40,000 (Rs 30 lakhs), including insurance and postage, and cars under $40,000 are subject to 60 percent import tax.

Musk has said he wants to launch cars in India, but the country’s tariffs on EVs are “by far the highest in the world”.

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