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With renewable and alternative sources of energy high on his priority list, Prime Minster Narendra Modi on Saturday paid a visit to the headquarter of Tesla Motors at Pao Alto to get a feel on what could drive the automobiles in the future.
PM Narendra Modi also showed keen interest in some of their path breaking inventions, particularly in the renewable energy sector which can have multiple applications in remote rural areas.
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After touring the iconic American automotive company’s campus, Modi tweeted how he was impressed by the power wall technology of Tesla Motors which stores electricity in a battery for long term.
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“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 that 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 utilize the battery – the power ball concept – to leapfrog development in India,” he added.
“In fact example given was just the cell phones enables you to grow from nothing to having mobile telephony, in the simpler way the power ball concept, the solar operated battery can allow clean energy to reach out to the unserviced parts of India where you have nothing right now and by using solar powered and long term battery could provide immediate access to energy,” Swarup said.
Tesla Motors’ Power wall technology
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 on developing countries like India on renewable energy.
“Musk and Prime Minister Modi discussed Tesla’s developments in battery technology, energy storage, and renewable energy and the positive implications of this innovation for India,” Tesla spokesperson Ricardo Reyes told PTI after Modi’s trip.
“We were delighted to host Prime Minister Modi at the Tesla Factory,” he said. The CEO notes that people have already driven the Model S up to 500 miles on a charge at slow speeds and that this could extend to over 600 miles as soon as 2016, and a whopping 746 miles by 2020. (Source: ET)