Ride-hailing firm Ola Cabs announced on Monday its plans to roll out 10,000 electric three-wheeled rickshaws in India in the next 12 months, as part of its Mission: Electric program. Ola says it will work with driver-partners, cities, vehicle manufacturers, and battery companies to make sustainable technologies cost-effective and viable in daily mobility. They are used for short, urban journeys which lessens the impact of some of the drawbacks of electric cars.
As a part of the second plan, the ride-hailing company is planning to add a fleet of electric three-wheelers to its platform. It is also talking to original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partners and electric vehicle innovators globally to bring vehicles on the road in a planned and phased manner. The Bangalore-based company is aiming to add around 1 million electric vehicles to its platform by 2021. In November, Didi's fleet of partially or fully electric vehicles already stood at more than 260,000, according to the company.
Ola has been running an EV pilot in Nagpur since May 2017, which includes electric cabs, electric auto rickshaws, electric buses, rooftop solar installations, charging stations, and battery swapping experiments.
Ola has already launched its first electric vehicle project as a part of a pilot in Nagpur on May 26 previous year.
The EV program in Nagpur has provided Ola with significant insights into effectively managing vehicles, batteries, and operations. Nagpur drivers faced difficulties with long waits for charging stations and higher costs than traditional fossil fuel consuming vehicles.
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.
Additionally, the company is in discussion with several state governments to create appropriate policies for deploying electric three-wheelers. Its stated goal is for most - if not all - vehicles on its roads to be electric by 2030.
With the latest amendment in Electricity Act of 2003, there is no need for a license to set up an electric charging station anymore. "Deployment of electric vehicles would require support of like-minded partners".
The new move will help companies to come together for a complete EV ecosystem with the proper supply, sustainable infrastructure and timely services.