“Mission: Electric” announced by Ola aims to place 10,000 e-rickshaws and electric auto rickshaws in its service in the next 12 months. It is currently building on the EV pilot in Nagpur. According to Ola the electrification can improve outcomes for drivers, customers, and its business model. “Mission: Electric” has been envisioned as a platform to bring on million EVs on the road by 2021. It will work in collaboration with driver-partners, cities, vehicle manufacturers, and battery companies in order to ensure that when it comes to daily mobility, sustainable technology should be cost-effective and viable.
According to higher officials three wheelers are not only a major means of transportation and a source of livelihood for millions of people every day, but it also represents an immediate opportunity to enhance outcomes for all stakeholders while bringing down the pollution levels considerably across cities and towns.
The first electric vehicle project was launched by Ola in Nagpur on May 26, 2017. It was inaugurated by Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, and Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping. The inauguration was attended by prominent dignitaries as well as thousands of citizens of Nagpur. The project encompasses electric cabs, electric auto-rickshaws, electric buses, rooftop solar installations, charging stations, and battery swapping experiments.
It has also come to surface that after traveling more than 4 million electric kilometers, India’s first multi-modal electric pilot in Nagpur launched less than a year ago will spearhead accessible, affordable, and sustainable mobility solutions led by Ola. This online transportation network company aims for a significant expansion of its commitment to electrify mobility in India, and it is looking forward to working with state governments and other partners to for the same.
As reported by Ola, it has gained significant insights into the effective management of vehicles, batteries, and operations, thanks to the EV program in Nagpur. The company also has plans to continue its experimentation with ways to optimize batteries and charging, to develop a strong business model for EV deployment in the country.