Prime Minister Modi on Sunday visited Tesla Motors campus and showed keen interest in some of the company’s path-breaking inventions, particularly in the renewable energy sector, which can have multiple applications in remote rural areas.
After touring the iconic American automotive company’s campus, Modi tweeted how he was impressed by the power ball technology of Tesla Motors which stores electricity in a battery for long term.
“Enjoyed discussion on how battery technology can help farmers,” Modi said after his hour-long visit to Tesla campus wherein he was given a tour by its CEO Elon Musk. Musk said he had a “great discussion” with Modi about solar and batteries empowering rural communities. “For India, the main takeaway was the technology behind long-term storage battery, which can have multiple applications,” said Vikas Swarup, spokesman of the Ministry of External Affairs. “The Prime Minister was very keen to see how we could utilise the battery – the power ball concept – to leapfrog development in India,” he added.
During the meeting, Musk gave a presentation to Modi on the revolutionary technologies being developed by Tesla, which is likely to change the face of the motor industry and have wider implications for developing countries like India. Modi also interacted with Indians working at Tesla. Tesla was founded in 2003 by a bunch of engineers who believed electric vehicles are better than those powered by gasoline.