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Exclusive: Ola Electric Adds Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Zoya & Farhan Akhtar To Its Captable

Exclusive: Ola Electric Adds Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Zoya & Farhan Akhtar To Its Captable

Newly listed Paytm’s founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma is infusing capital in Ola Electric through VSS Investco

Farhan Akhtar’s business partner Ritesh Sidhwani is also investing in Ola Electric

Earlier in October, media reported that Ola Electric is raising $200 Mn at $5 Bn Valuation

Bhavish Aggarwal-led Ola Electric is raising investment from Paytm’s founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Bollywood brother-sister duo Farhan and Zoya Akhtar, among others.

As per the recent regulatory filings accessed by Inc42, Ola Electric is raising $53 Mn by allotting 371 Series C compulsory convertible preference shares (CCPS) to Singapore’s Temasek, IIFL,  Edelweiss, angel investor Rahul Ravindra Raj Mehta, among others.

Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma is infusing INR 75 Cr in Ola Electric through VSS Investco. Apart from him, Farhan Akhtar has infused INR 21 Cr, Zoya Akhtar has invested 10.7 Cr, and Farhan’s business partner Ritesh Sidhwani has pumped INR 21.4 Cr in Ola Electric. The investment can further increase in the coming months.

The development comes two months after media reported that Ola Electric is raising $200 Mn in a fresh round of funding from existing investors and some US-based bluechip tech funds, taking the startup’s valuation to $5 Bn, up from $3 Bn — a jump of over 60%.

In September, Ola Electric had mopped up $200 Mn from Falcon Edge, Japan’s SoftBank, and other existing investors. Ola Electric had said that the fundraise would help it to continue development of other vehicle platforms, including electric motorbikes, mass-market and electric cars. 

Founded in 2017, Ola Electric entered the celebrated unicorn club within two years of its launch after it raised $250 Mn from Masayoshi Son-led SoftBank. The EV unicorn has raised a little more than $500 Mn to date.

Ola Electric launched its two e-scooter S1 and S1 Pro in August this year. The EV unicorn had initially scheduled the live sale on September 8, 2021 but later delayed it to September 15, 2021 due to technical glitch. 

The startup has also delayed its delivery of the e scooters for the second time.  

The first batch of deliveries is slated to begin between December 15 and December 30, instead of the earlier expected October 25 to November 25 timeline.

Ola Electric pits against the likes of Bengaluru-based Ather, Bounce’s Infitinty, Simple Energy, among others.