Indian auto parts makers’ shares gain on news of talks with Tesla

Shares of Indian auto parts suppliers rose as much as 14% on Monday following a report electric-vehicle maker Tesla Inc was in talks with at least three companies to source critical parts for its planned entry into the country.

Tesla, which is looking to set up a factory in India if it is successful with imported vehicles, is holding early talks with some companies for the supply of components such as instrument panels, windshields, differential gears, brakes and power seats, the Economic Times reported on Sunday.

Bharat Forge Ltd, Sona BLW Precision Forgings Ltd and Sandhar Technologies Ltd are understood to be among the Indian companies already supplying components to Tesla, according to the report.

Shares of the three Indian firms rose as much as 6.2% to 13.7% on Monday.

India’s auto component makers want Tesla’s potential entry to benefit the country’s suppliers, and one way to achieve that is for the company to manufacture locally, the head of an industry body said here earlier in August.

Reuters previously reported India was considering slashing import duties on electric cars here to as low as 40%.

The country is the world’s fifth-largest car market with annual sales of 3 million vehicles, according to industry estimates, with electric vehicles (EVs) making up a fraction of the total.

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