Bengaluru: Just weeks after Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk suggested entering India next year, Maharashtra has invited American electric-car maker Tesla Inc to invest in the state.

In a tweet, state environment minister Aaditya Thackeray said: "This evening I had the opportunity to participate in a video call by Industries Minister Subhash Desai with Tesla team to invite them to Maharashtra. I was present not because of just the investment but my firm belief in electric mobility & sustainability" 

"We are firmly committed to policy building and changes for sustainable development and I personally believe that electric mobility, supported by renewable energy is the way ahead. Let's hope we can help this thought become mainstream soon."

According to reports, Tesla's entry into Asia's third largest economy could come at a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is increasingly focusing to promote the use of electric vehicles.