India’s first multi-modal electric vehicle project will bring vehicles across different segments, including e-buses, e-cabs, e-rickshaws and e-autos together on a single platform – the Ola app, enabling citizens in the city to book these vehicles for their transportation needs.
|Pawan Goenka, MD (M&M) with the e2O Plus at the launch of India’s first Multi-Modal Electric Vehicle Project|
This pilot project will commence with a 200-strong fleet, including 100 Mahindra e2o Plus vehicles. The rest of the fleet will consist of vehicles from other OEMs including Tata Motors, Kinetic, BYD and TVS amongst others.
The launch was followed by the unveiling of Ola’s electric charging station situated within the Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport complex in Nagpur. The installation is the first of its kind and will power the fleet, and Ola has already invested upward of INR 50.0 crore towards EVs and charging infrastructure, starting with 50+ charging points across 4 strategic locations in the city of Nagpur.
With a clear focus to build a full fledged ecosystem around sustainable mobility, Ola will also invest in training and educating driver partners on maintenance and use of in-car technology along with its key OEM partners like Mahindra.
Large scale adoption of electric vehicles can bring monumental changes, and with this endeavour the government has committed itself towards making India a 100% EV nation by 2030. In support of this initiative, the state government has waived off VAT, road tax, and registration for all electric vehicles.
This pilot will pave the wave for wider adoption of electric vehicles leading to a paradigm shift in lifestyles towards smart mobility and smart cities. Electric vehicles will play a major role in reducing urban pollution plaguing several Indian cities and resulting in health hazards. With increased penetration of EVs and eventual 100% transition, the country and its citizens stand to benefit tremendously.