Tesla may need to navigate around an impending ban on private cryptocurrencies in India as it plans to expand its operations in the South Asian country. India’s Parliament is considering a bill that will prohibit all private cryptocurrencies in the country, an initiative that has been dubbed the Bitcoin ban.
The Cryptocurrency and Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill, 2021 intends to ban all private cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin. However, not all cryptocurrencies will be banned. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will set up the framework and issue an official digital currency in the country.
India seems to be adopting the same model for cryptocurrencies as China, where its central bank is progressing with a digital currency of its own, reported Coin Telegraph.
Documents have hinted that Tesla plans to build a manufacturing facility in India. Local reports suggest that Tesla’s next production plant could be in either Maharashtra or Karnataka. The EV automaker also acquired $1.5 billion Bitcoin in January with the intent to accept the cryptocurrency as a payment option in the future.