His statement came after a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is currently on a state visit to the United States. The Indian government invited Mr. Musk to explore investment prospects in the electric mobility and commercial space sectors.
Mr. Musk said he was “trying to figure out the right timing” to make that happen.
Following Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey’s accusations against India for allegedly threatening to shut down the platform due to non-compliance with content takedown orders, Prime Minister Modi’s meeting with Mr. Musk, who is also the owner of Twitter, took place a few days later.
The Indian government vehemently denied Mr. Dorsey’s allegations, referring to them as “an outright lie.” In response to the situation, Mr. Musk expressed his views on Wednesday, emphasizing that Twitter has no alternative but to comply with local governments or face the risk of being shut down.
“We will do our best to provide the freest speech that is possible under the law,” he said.
Additionally, Mr. Musk expressed his admiration for Mr. Modi, referring to himself as a “fan” of the Indian Prime Minister. He further asserted that India possesses greater potential and prospects compared to any other large country globally.
“He [Mr. Modi] really cares about India because he’s pushing us to make significant investments in India, which is something we intend to do. We are just trying to figure out the right timing,” he told reporters. “I am confident that Tesla will be in India and will do so as soon as humanly possible.”
Tesla has been discussing with Indian government officials and ministers as the company explores opportunities to enter the Indian market. Earlier reports indicated that Tesla had proposed the establishment of a factory for manufacturing electric vehicles (EVs) and was considering local production of EV batteries in India.
Federal minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar stated that Tesla was seriously considering India as a base for production and innovation. Previously, Tesla’s plans to enter India were delayed due to disagreements with the Indian government over local production requirements.
However, Tesla CEO Elon Musk expressed hope to introduce the Starlink satellite internet service by his company SpaceX in India as well. He mentioned that a significant investment in the India relationship was likely.
Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the US is viewed as a pivotal moment for bilateral relations, with scheduled talks with President Joe Biden.
In a letter to President Biden, over 70 US lawmakers urged him to address human rights concerns during the discussions, highlighting issues such as religious intolerance, press freedoms, and the targeting of civil society groups in India.