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UPDATE 1: According to the trade minister, Tesla will import twice as many parts from India

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    BENGALURU, Nov 14 (Reuters) - U.S. electric car maker Tesla Inc is planning to double the number of components it imports from India, Indian trade minister Piyush Goyal said on Tuesday through a post on social media platform X.

    "Proud to see the growing importance of Auto component suppliers from India in the Tesla EV supply chain. It is on its way to double its components imports from India," Goyal posted on X, earlier called Twitter, after visiting Tesla's manufacturing facility at Fremont, California.

    He was, however, unable to meet Tesla chief Elon Musk during his visit to the plant, Goyal added.

    He said in September Tesla was aiming to source components worth between $1.7 billion and $1.9 billion from India this year, having bought $1 billion of components last year.

    The minister's visit to the U.S. was supposed to include discussions with Musk around Tesla's plans to setup an Indian factory, manufacturing a $24,000 car there, sourcing more components and establishing charging infrastructure across the nation, Reuters


    last week. (Reporting by Ashna Teresa Britto in Bengaluru; Editing by Rashmi Aich and Nivedita Bhattacharjee)


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