Mukesh Ambani, India’s richest businessman lives a lavish life. While Mukesh Ambani only travels in armoured vehicles and owns three of them, his family has a great taste in cars and own a plethora of imported vehicles.
While Tesla entered the Indian market officially in India earlier this year, the American brand is yet to launch its products in the Indian market officially. However, there are a few enthusiasts who have privately imported Tesla cars in India, including the Ambani family.
The Ambani own the Tesla Model S and the vehicle does not come out of the garage much. Here are a few pictures by Sam that show the Tesla Model S of the Ambani family. The Tesla Model S 100D is an extremely powerful set of wheels.
The electric motors powering the vehicle generates a maximum of 423 PS of power and a massive 660 Nm. The power goes to all the wheels and it can do the 0-100 km/h dash in just 4.3 seconds. The Models S 100D can reach an electronically limited tops-speed of 250 km/h while it returns a maximum of 495 km on a single full charge.
It gets a 100 kWh battery and using a fast charger, it can be charged in just 42 mins for a range of 396 km. In the USA, the car costs $99,990, which translates into around Rs 73 lakhs. After importing the vehicle in India, and paying the import tax of more than 100%, it would cost somewhere around Rs 1.5 crores.
This does not include the registration cost and insurance. Since it is an EV, it is quite possible that no money was spent on the registration due to the new government policy to promote EV vehicles. However, we cannot be sure about it.
Is this a second-hand Tesla?
The details of the vehicle that we pulled online show that the Tesla Model S100D is registered to the “RELIANCE INDUSTRIES LTD”. However, it also mentions that Reliance Industries Ltd is the second owner of the vehicle. How is that possible? Well, it’s simple. Since it is an imported vehicle, it first gets registered in the name of the importer.
For example, if you are privately importing a vehicle and doing all the legwork and documents by yourself, the vehicle will be imported in your name. It requires a lot of running around but will save you some money. Unsurprisingly, “super-rich” people do not have the time to do much of running around. This is why they go through a car importer, who will do all the legwork and documentation for you in exchange for a fee.
Tesla’s plan for India
Tesla will officially launch its products in the Indian market later this year. Tesla has also imported three Model 3 units in India for testing purposes and they have already started testing the vehicle on the roads. The vehicles will be certified by ARAI too. Tesla is yet to reveal the exact plans for the Indian market but as we get near the official launch, we are sure that Tesla will reveal its model line-up.