India has tons of wealthy people willing to spend top dollar for top end and refined vehicles that are indicative of their status in the society.
The sheer absence of the brand presence of Tesla here is absolutely frustrating because the only luxury vehicles you get here are a bunch of those agricultural Mercedes' , Audi's and BMW's almost all of which run on those farm grade noisy inefficient Diesel engines , as though Gasoline wasn't a viable option. I figured it out long enough that , if you're rich enough to buy an expensive car, you may as well afford to go for a powerful petrol engine and fill it up with petrol of course.
With the nearest Tesla dealership at Hong Kong I'm not sure how many people have the patience and perseverance to deal with the hyper-mortifying customs and taxes only to get a Chinese spec car with no maintenance and service stations for tens of thousands of miles and also no supercharger charging points in horizon. And , at the end you also end up paying twice the face value of the car to get it cleared for registration here.
The People at Tesla motors should know the fact that Indians absolutely love the Model S and are more than willing to buy it rather than a gas guzzler.
If Tesla motors wants to have a global presence , India is one of the right places to start in Asia. The Indian subcontinent has lots of rich people who love supercars and know their lot about them. Also With Growth Rate Pegged at 7.5 % for the FY 2015 To 2016 I think it would not be a bad place to invest in.
Also, It would be cool if we had an R&D center over here where tech enthusiasts like me can come up and discuss new and innovative ideas with you guys to create the perfect vehicle.
And I already have quite a few ideas lined up !