Kolkata: Ola, one of the world’s largest ride-hailing companies, today announced ‘Mission Electric’, with a commitment to place 10,000 E-rickshaws and Electric auto-rickshaws in its service in the next 12 months.
Ola, which believes electric vehicles will help the environment and have better outcomes for drivers and customers, has announced Mission Electric, committing to putting over one million electric vehicles on the road by 2021.
From cycle rickshaws to ‘shuttles’ and last-mile transport, three-wheelers continue to be a dominant form of daily transit for many people across the nation.
A year after Ola, in partnership with Mahindra & Mahindra, launched a programme to build an electric mass mobility ecosystem in Nagpur, the firm is now aiming to expand this across the country.
Ola will work with driver-partners, cities, vehicle manufacturers, and battery companies to make sustainable technologies cost-effective and viable in daily mobility. a is the market leader in app-based hailing and intends to leverage its scale to bring cleaner, more comfortable, and safer products to market.
The company is also talking to OEM partners and EV innovators globally to bring vehicles on the road in a planned and phased manner. With the addition of 10,000 vehicles across three cities this year, Ola is quickly set to become one of the largest EV fleet operators in the world.
“Three-wheelers are a vital means of transportation and a source of livelihood for millions of people every day. It also represents an immediate opportunity to improve outcomes for all stakeholders while reducing pollution across towns and cities,” said Bhavish Aggarwal, Co-Founder and CEO of Ola.
Ola launched its first electric vehicle project in Nagpur on 26 May 2017. The project includes electric cabs, electric auto rickshaws, electric buses, rooftop solar installations, charging stations, and battery swapping experiments.