Tesla India: Problems that Tesla might face in India

Tesla Cybertruck
Tesla India will soon be here and Tesla is the biggest electric car manufacturer in the world. The brand is known all over the world not just because they are electric but also because they are unique in some aspects compared to other manufacturers.
Tesla India
Tesla has registered itself in India as Tesla India Motors and Energy Pvt Ltd and will launch the model 3 by mid 2021. We all know the fact that the Model 3 will be priced twice as much as it is in the US because of the duties. There are some other challenges that we don’t see but Tesla might experience later.

Charging

Tesla Super Charger
One of the reasons for Tesla’s success in America is the supercharger network. Charging a Tesla in a supercharger takes about 20min to fully charge. Charging a Tesla in a home charger will take about 7 to 8 hours.

Supercharger network in India

Supercharger
Tesla needs about quarter million dollars to build a single supercharger station. Considering how big India is, we need a minimum of 2600 superchargers all over the country. We now have only 250 AC chargers all over the country. This will mean you can’t do much outstation trips on a Tesla hoping to charge your car on the way like in the US.

Suspensions

Suspensions
Tesla designs the suspension system considering the First principle approach or a white paper approach. The design of the chassis and suspension were made from scratch. Front suspension has sacrificial links that will protect the battery and occupants during a crash.

Indian roads and Tesla suspension

Indian Roads
On Indian roads you might get into many driving situations. In the US Suspensions will be on the stiffer side considering the roads and handling. Tesla has to retune the suspension according to Indian roads and considering it is imported in a fully built up form, not sure if that is going to be done. 

Tyres

Tesla Tyres
Tesla worked with tyre manufacturers for almost three years to develop special tyres for high performance electric vehicles. An electric vehicle will have a low center of gravity and it weighs over 1700kg. So the tyres have to cope up with that load, high torque and speed of 250 kmph.

Maintenance

Maintenance
Everyone says that electric vehicles have zero to no maintenance since they have no engine. Engine is not the only unit that needs maintenance, a car is made of a lot of other parts. An EV might have less maintenance but other parts have to be maintained just like a normal car. Tesla India has to provide a proper service network or else they might get into Chevrolet’s situation in India.

Auto Pilot

Autopilot
 There are two variants of the Tesla autopilot; the basic version is a combination of adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane following assistant and pedestrian avoidance steering. The full package of the autopilot can control the car on highway, find and park the car in a parking area and in the summon mode you can summon the car out of the parking area. Tesla India might have to work on the algorithm to suit Indian roads. 

Autopilot in India

Tesla Autopilot in India
Autopilots struggle to keep up with the Indian roads and drivers. If you are driving on a highway, you can notice that half of the drivers in India do not follow lane discipline. Tesla autopilot cannot detect potholes and road conditions which is very important for Indian roads. Hopefully, Tesla India might come up with autopilot that might detect potholes. The Tesla model 3 might come with the autopilot, not sure about its usability.

Ground clearance

Ground Clearance
The Tesla model 3 has a 140mm ground clearance which will not be an issue considering it a sedan. It is close to the Honda City and more than the Skoda Octavia. 

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