Ola plots a million EVs on Indian roads by 2021

Cornelia Mascio
Aprile 16, 2018

Homegrown cab aggregator OLA has been repeatedly trying to make its mark in the Indian EV sector.

The move is part of a broader push by Ola to launch 1 million electric vehicles on its platform by 2021, it said in the statement, adding that it will work with various state governments, vehicle manufacturers, and battery companies to meet its target.

Ola, the Indian ride-hailing app creator, announced this morning that it would be adding 10,000 electric rickshaws to its fleet over the coming year.

Ola now has more than a million drivers across 110 Indian cities, so its plan would mean electrifying the vast majority of the vehicles available via its app.

India's biggest ride-hailing company has ambitious plans to put a million electric vehicles on the country's polluted streets.

Ola had launched its first electric vehicle pilot on May 26, that included electric cabs, electric auto rickshaws, electric buses, rooftop solar installations, charging stations, and battery swapping experiments. Electric rickshaws have already shown to be popular in India, with over 100,000 battery powered three wheelers being operated in Delhi.

Uber also bought hundreds of electric vehicles from Mahindra - the only carmaker in India that sells them directly to consumers - previous year. Nagpur drivers faced difficulties with long waits for charging stations and higher costs than traditional fossil fuel consuming vehicles.

The EV program in Nagpur has provided Ola with significant insights into effectively managing vehicles, batteries, and operations.

Ola did not say which manufacturers would provide the three-wheelers or whether it would be the company making the purchases or whether the vehicles would be driver-owned. In a prepared statement, Ola said, it is in discussion with several state governments to create an appropriate policy environment to deploy electric three wheelers.

The company is planning to develop a stronger business model with Mission Electric for the deployment of EVs in the country.

Electric vehicle sales in India, one of the world's fastest-growing auto markets, made up less than 0.1 percent of annual sales of more than 3 million passenger cars. The latest is "no license" to set up a charging station for electric vehicles. They are expensive and the infrastructure to charge the vehicles is inadequate.

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