While factually its true that according to a report, Indian shores have finally gotten lucky to touch Tesla Model X's wheels, the brand hasn't been officially launched in India yet. This Model X is imported by a 'Richie Rich' for probably his love for the Electric Car super brand.
What amuses me most are the conversations that are following. I have friends and family calling me, excited to share this news and soon after, the excitement turns to anxiousness.
But where will this guy service it, if it breaks down
Where will he charge it? There are no Superchargers in India
Why cant we make such beautiful cars in India
Fourth and the best one!
Did your company import it to make a replica?
Amusing isn't it!!!
Says a lot about consumer psyche actually!
SERVICE : We are so used to "maintaining" our cars and worried about the long service bills, that it is almost the first thing that strikes our mind.
Tesla claims on its website that
"Unlike gasoline cars, Tesla vehicles require no traditional oil changes, fuel filter, spark plug replacements, or emission checks. As an electric vehicle, even brake pad replacements are rare because regenerative braking returns energy to the battery, significantly reducing wear on brakes. Our inspections instead focus on checking wheel alignment and tire condition, assessing replacement parts like key fob batteries and windshield wiper blades, and installing the latest software update. Tesla recommends an annual service inspection every year or 12,500 miles, whichever occurs first, to maintain your vehicle to top performance standards."
NOW ISN'T THAT THE TECHNOLOGY OF THE FUTURE!
CHARGING: In spite of the Model X having a range of close to 500km on a complete charge, one of the first anxiety is about charging it, and the only widely known method is the 'SuperCharger" network on American highways.
Model X can be easily charged at home by the "mobile charger" that comes free with every Model X. It looks like whats shown in the below image with different adapters that can be bought from Tesla to suit a country's plug point (like a 16Amp plug point that is ubiquitous in India) The charging is slow (8 hour = 70 km) but works well for daily requirement, or one can leave it for charging for a couple of days to get the full charge.
Also it makes it super easy to open these doors, even in cramped spaces. Watch the video below where Musk himself gives a demo.
And the last question
Did my company import this to make a replica" - the answer is not that i am aware of... but what got me thinking was that Indian MNCs are looked at as "copy cats" by Indians - its time to refute this belief.
I would like to know what were your first questions when you read this news?