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I Can’t Wait For Tesla Cars To Hit Indian Roads, And This Is Why

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Tesla Inc., an American automobile and energy company based in Alto, California, is owned by Elon Musk. Considered one of the most brilliant minds of the century, Musk’s goal is to guide people towards using renewable energy (the energy that is collected from renewable resources, which are naturally renewed on a human timescale, such as wind, rain, tides, waves, and geothermal heat) instead of electricity. He is the founder, CEO, and lead designer of SpaceX (a private space exploration services company based in Hawthorne, California, USA) and the co-founder, CEO, and product architect of Tesla, Inc.

Cars By Tesla, Inc.

Tesla, Inc. manufactures a whole bunch of electric cars which are a pioneer in technology, engineering, and luxury powered by batteries. Different models of the vehicle have different featured and their advantages while all of them serving the purpose of using a sustainable source of energy.

The Tesla Model S was the first ever luxurious electric car capable of competing with the beasts of the industry.

The Tesla Roadster instantly became the quickest car in the world when it was launched, going from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds.

The Tesla Roadster. Image source: Wikimedia Commons.

Safety is one of the most important parts of this Model. The structure is a combination of aluminium and steel, for maximum strength in every area.

The Model X is the first SUV model launched by Tesla, Inc., with luxurious features such as falcon wing doors and room for seven people. It’s the quickest SUV on earth going from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 2.7 seconds.  Model Y will be the second SUV by Tesla, Inc. and is set to be launched in 2020.

A battery powers all of these cars and promise to be the most eco-friendly cars ever made. That’s not all. It’s also one of the fastest and the most luxurious vehicles in the world. Not to mention the high level of safety and comfort you get with the autopilot feature in all of the models.

These cars require a charging spot and the same has already been installed and being used on most of the gas stations in the US.

Benefits Of Tesla Cars

Almost all vehicles in India run on petrol or diesel. The people in India are still unfamiliar to the concept of an electric car as no such car has been popularised in India as of now. Tesla cars coming to India would reap great benefits for the country and its people.

As these cars won’t be needing petroleum or diesel to run and will use electricity instead, the running cost will be a lot less.

Electric cars have a lot less moving parts than those which use petrol or diesel. Due to this, they won’t require that much maintenance making them a lot more cost efficient.

Environmental Benefits

Since there’s no petroleum or diesel being used, there’ll be much less environmental pollution. Also, since there’s no mechanical engine being used, there’ll be a lot less noise pollution.
A Tesla car being recharged through a special electric charging point. Image source: dronepicr/Flickr.

If you recharge your Tesla using a renewable source of energy, harmful gas emission can be reduced. This can be done by using solar energy to recharge your Tesla, as suggested by Elon Musk.

Since there’ll be no emission of any harmful gases, there’ll be much less chance of health diseases caused by air pollutants.

The Future Of Tesla Cars In India

Indians are very value conscious. This is why we love diesel cars as diesel costs much less than petrol. As in the case of CNG, it costs less. However, it isn’t widely available. If Tesla cars are introduced in India in the near future, they’ll prove to be very cost-effective, requiring only ₹1.1/km to run (estimating electricity price at ₹7/kWh).

The only problem would be the cost of the vehicle itself. Electric cars are expensive because of the battery. A single kWh of electricity is enough to go about 6 km, so a 200 km “full tank” range requires about 35 kWh of battery. Today’s prices for lithium-ion batteries are about $250/kWh globally, which comes to ₹5.7 lakh in battery costs, excluding import duties. However, when battery prices fall to $100/kWh, as projected for after a few years, electric vehicles can become a game changer. It will make the lifestyle even better and also, benefit the environment.


Tesla cars, or electric cars, in general, will highly benefit the lifestyle and environment in India. The use of such vehicles will even help Indians in saving a lot of money that they usually spend on petrol or diesel. In my personal opinion, electric cars should be launched in India to drive our country further on the road to development.

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Now as an MH Fellow with YKA, she’s expanding her impressive scope of work further by launching a campaign to facilitate the process of ensuring better menstrual health and SRH services for women residing in correctional homes in West Bengal. The campaign will entail an independent study to take stalk of the present conditions of MHM in correctional homes across the state and use its findings to build public support and political will to take the necessary action.

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With YKA MHM Fellow Vineet, Sabna launched Menstratalk, a campaign that aims to put an end to period poverty and smash menstrual taboos in society. As a start, the campaign aims to begin conversations on menstrual health with five hundred adolescents and youth in Delhi through offline platforms, and through this community mobilise support to create Period Friendly Institutions out of educational institutes in the city.

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As a Youth Ki Awaaz Menstrual Health Fellow, Nitisha has started Let’s Talk Period, a campaign to mobilise young people to switch to sustainable period products. She says, “80 lakh women in Delhi use non-biodegradable sanitary products, generate 3000 tonnes of menstrual waste, that takes 500-800 years to decompose; which in turn contributes to the health issues of all menstruators, increased burden of waste management on the city and harmful living environment for all citizens.

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