Amid much cacophony in the electric vehicle space, Ola has been one of the loudest in the space. Reaffirming its commitment to 1 Mn electric vehicles on road by 2021, Ola has launched ‘Mission:Electric’ to place 10K e-rickshaws and electric auto-rickshaws in its service in the next 12 months.
In an official statement, Ola shared that it will work with driver-partners, cities, vehicle manufacturers, and battery companies to make sustainable technologies cost-effective and viable in daily mobility.
“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.
However, how much support the Indian cab hailing major will get from its driver partners looks dicey. After Ola launched India’s first multi-modal electric vehicle project in Nagpur in May 2017, a Reuters report of March 2018 revealed that a number of Ola drivers have expressed their dissatisfaction, primarily due to long wait times at charging stations and high operating costs.
Originally at the time of launch, the company had committed to set up 50 charging points across four locations in Nagpur, but has only managed to install around 22 Electric vehicle charging stations in the city, the report revealed.
However, with a series of roadblocks, the company has claimed in a statement that it is in discussion with several state governments to create an appropriate policy environment to deploy electric three wheelers. The company is also talking to OEM partners and EV innovators globally to bring vehicles on the road in a planned and phased manner.