He lobbied the Indian government for over a year to cut import taxes on electric cars to 40% from as much as 100%, a move Tesla said it could test the market with imports from its manufacturing hubs such as China before investing in a factory.
Neither Khurana, the company’s first employee in India, nor Tesla responded to requests for comment. An email sent to Khurana produced an automatic reply stating that the address was no longer valid and future emails would not be received.
“Tesla’s plans to launch in India now are pretty much dead,” said one of the sources.
The sources wished to remain anonymous as the resignation had not yet been made public.
The automaker has also shifted its focus to other markets in Southeast Asia, such as nickel-rich Indonesia, where it is looking at a potential battery-related investment, as well as Thailand, where it recently registered a local unit to sell cars.
– Wire story by Reuters