The Economic Times is reporting that the electric car maker has been in discussions with the industries department in Karnataka to set up a research and development centre in Bengaluru which will leverage the tech ecosystem in the city.
“The first proposal is for an R&D centre and we have already had at least two rounds of discussions,” said one official from the department, requesting not to be named, said the ET report.
Bengaluru is home to some big tech majors. Apple famously has an App accelerator based in Bengaluru which serves developers who develop for its platforms. Microsoft has its R&D centre in the city alongside Google which also has a huge presence in the city. Amazon already built the headquarter in Bengaluru for its India operations, along with Huawei, IBM, and Samsung also have R&D facilities in the city.
That said, if the talks with the Karnataka government move forward, the research center in Bengaluru could give Tesla an opportunity to enter the Indian EV market, which is expected to touch Rs. 50,000 crore by 2025, and eventually create an ecosystem for electric cars.