Ola to deploy 10000 electric vehicles in 12 months

Ola will add 10,000 electric rickshaws to its India fleet over the next year		
	Catherine Shu

   	8 hours

Ola will add 10,000 electric rickshaws to its India fleet over the next year Catherine Shu @ 8 hours

After all, in the next 12 months it hopes to add a whopping 10,000 e-rickshaws and electric auto-rickshaws in its service under its "Mission: Electric" programme launched today.

In a statement, the company said it "will work with driver-partners, cities, vehicle manufacturers, and battery companies to make sustainable technologies cost-effective and viable in daily mobility". After a failure with electric taxis in Nagpur, the company is now ready with second plan route, called Mission Electric.

As a part of the second plan, the ride-hailing company is planning to add a fleet of electric three-wheelers to its platform.

Talks are on with state governments, OEM partners and electronic vehicle innovators to speed up the introduction of EVs in India.

Aiming to place one million electric vehicles (EVs) on the road by 2021, the startup group ran by ANI Technologies Pvt. Less than a year ago, we launched India's first multi-modal electric pilot 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 electric vehicle program in Nagpur has provided Ola with significant insights into effectively managing vehicles, batteries, and operations.

Around the same time, it was also reported that a number of Ola drivers wanted to return their vehicles due to long waiting times at charging stations and higher operating expenses.

The company said it is in discussion with "several state governments to create an appropriate policy environment to deploy electric three-wheelers". The company plans to continue its experimentation with ways to optimise batteries and charging, to develop a strong business model for EV deployment in the country, it added.

With a mission for nearly 100 percent electric mobility by 2030, the government is trying out different models to give EV a push in the country. Its stated goal is for most - if not all - vehicles on its roads to be electric by 2030.

Didi Chuxing, the dominant player in China, is offering electric vehicle sharingin partnership with 12 companies including Renault, Nissan and Kia.

Infrastructure will be provided as part of the initiative, with drivers being given rooftop solar panels and charging stations.

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