India’s largest ride hail service Ola, has specified its plans to electrify the fleet. The coming 12 months will see the arrival of 10,000 electric rickshaws with 3 and 4 wheels. The move is part of Ola’s Mission Electric that sits on a dedicated platform.
India’s equivalent to Uber, Ola is reportedly pushing electric transport and wants to put 1m hire EVs on the roads within the next 5 years.
The first step of the Mission Electric is the deployment of 10,000 electric vehicles, particularly trikes which are vital for India’s transport. Ola has been running its electric cab pilot in Nagpur featuring 100 Mahindra e2o and another 100 EV of other makers as well as Rickshaws and solar charging. The company says its trial has provided sufficient insights to expand the electric fleet further.
Ola states 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 global OEMs to bring vehicles on the road in the planned manner. Who those suppliers may be remains unclear.