The electric car maker Tesla is coming to India with a large number of its first-generation models.
The company has announced it has set up a “Tiger Power Station” in the Indian capital of New Delhi that will have a “battery pack with 1,000 rechargeable batteries” in addition to the car’s own 1,500-kilowatt lithium-ion battery pack.
The new battery pack will have enough capacity to power about 40,000 EVs per day.
The first 100 Tesla EVs that are slated to arrive on the market by the end of this year are expected to be equipped with the new battery packs.
“We are making India the biggest market for electric cars in the world, and the Tiger Power Station is the largest such battery pack in the country,” Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO, said in a press release.
Tesla’s Tiger Power station is part of a series of initiatives by the Indian government to attract the country’s auto industry to the country, with the aim of creating jobs in the automotive industry.
In March, India’s automotive minister announced plans to invest nearly $50 billion in new technology, and invest $100 billion in the auto sector by 2022.
Musk has also pledged $2 billion in investments in India over the next three years.
India is expected to become the world’s fourth-largest market for EVs in 2019.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk said his company is aiming to become India’s “biggest” auto supplier by 2020.
The battery pack is also expected to provide about 60% of Tesla’s overall battery production capacity, which is expected not to exceed 1,200 batteries per day, Musk said.
The Tesla Model S sedan and the Tesla Model X SUV are currently the world “big-selling” electric vehicles in India.
India has become a major destination for Tesla since it opened its first factory in the northern city of Hyderabad in 2014.
Tesla also said it is in talks with several Indian suppliers and is “ready to launch a large-scale plant in Hyderabad.”
Tesla is expected also to have a presence in India’s third-largest city, New Delhi, as part of the Indian expansion plan.