Ola to deploy 10000 electric vehicles in 12 months

Galtero Lara
Abril 16, 2018

That's not all. The Bengaluru-based company is also aiming to get one million electric vehicles on its platform by 2021 to boost the electric vehicle ecosystem in the country. Building on this effort, Ola believes that electrification can improve outcomes for drivers, customers, and its business model. The company is also in talks with multiple OEM partners and EV innovators from around the world to bring electric vehicles in a more planned and phased manner.

"Three wheelers are a vital means of transportation and a source of livelihood for millions of people every day".

"After more than 4 million "electric" kilometers travelled and many lessons learned, we are significantly expanding our commitment to electrify mobility in India", Aggarwal said.

The Bengaluru-based group believes that EVs cannot only help the environment, but it can also provide better outcomes for drivers, customers, as well as with its overall business model for EV deployment in India. The Bengaluru-based company had started its electric vehicle project in May past year in Nagpur and claims to have clocked 4 million kilometres of travel by these electric vehicles in the city.

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This was inaugurated by Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra and Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport, Highways & Shipping, in the presence of key dignitaries and thousands of citizens in Nagpur.

Three-wheel rickshaws are a popular way of making quick trips in many cities and can be hailed through Ola's app; the company's electric vehicle trial program in Nagpur, which started in May 2017, already includes rickshaws.

The company announced that it will be working with driver-partners, cities, vehicle manufacturers, and battery companies to make sustainable technologies cost-effective and viable in daily mobility. It says the program has delivered knowledge into effectively managing vehicles, batteries and operations. The company is also in discussion with several state governments to create an appropriate policy environment to deploy electric three-wheelers.

While Ola said it will further expand its EV fleet to three other Indian cities, it has not disclosed the names yet. Business Standard had reported in January that Ola had hired Chinam Netaji Patro as its senior director for EVs, with a plan to develop electric auto rickshaws.

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