India’s home-grown cab hailing firm has launched today – Ola Electric, India’s first multi-modal electric platform that includes electric autos, cars, and buses in Nagpur. Ola and Mahindra have partnered with the Government of India in a first-of- its-kind programme to build an electric mass mobility ecosystem in Nagpur which will bring about a transformational change in the automotive and transportation landscape in the country.
With this, Nagpur became the country’s first city with electric fleet of 200 electric vehicles, including electric taxis, electric buses, e-rickshaw and electric autos.
The pilot project here will commence with a 200-strong fleet, including 100 of Mahindra’s new e2o Plus vehicles. The rest will consist of vehicles sourced from other OEMs, including Tata Motors, Kinetic, BYD and TVS, among others.
Taxi aggregator Ola has already invested upwards of Rs 50 crore towards EVs and charging infrastructure, starting with 50 plus charging points across four strategic locations in Nagpur.
In an official blog post, company said – “Aligned with Government’s vision of 100% electric vehicles by 2030, this project aims at building an electric mobility ecosystem at scale, including charging infrastructure and a range of vehicle fleet viz. electric cabs, e-rickshaws, electric auto-rickshaws and electric buses. The vehicles have been procured from large OEM partners including Mahindra, Tata, Kinetic, BYD, and TVS amongst others.”
“We are not only bringing onboard hundreds of vehicles across different types on road, but are also building the much needed charging infrastructure to power these vehicles. Our charging stations are the first of their kind, allowing for different types of electric vehicles to be charged under one roof!”, added the company in the announcement.
Bhavish Aggarwal, co-founder and CEO, Ola, stressed that electric mobility in a multi-modal format will be the key towards realising the company’s mission of building mobility for a billion Indians.
Last year, govt of India had announced its vision to have only electric cars on roads of the country by 2030 by offering automobile manufacturers cash incentives to increase their production of electric vehicles (EVs) as well as subsidising the total cost involved in converting a fossil-fuel-gulping petrol car into an electric one.
With an eye on promoting eco-friendly transport, the government will be ready with its electric vehicle policy by December.