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Old 30th May 2017, 10:41   #1
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Mahindra and Ola have joined hands for the country's first multi-modal electric vehicle project. The said initiative has also been given support by the Government of India, as part of its aim to promote the use of EVs in the country.

Under this project, Ola will add around 200 electric vehicles on its platform, for the first phase. This will include 100 units of the Mahindra e2o Plus, while the remaining line-up will include e-buses, e-cabs, e-rickshaws and e-autos from various manufacturers like Tata Motors, Kinetic, BYD and TVS among others.

Ola has set up an electric charging station at the Nagpur airport and has also installed more than 50 charging points at 4 different locations across the city. The taxi aggregator will also be providing training to drivers regarding maintenance and use of in-car technology, especially in all-electric vehicles.

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Good initiative. OLA seems to have concrete plans for electric vehicles in future. They are expanding this to 8 more cities by March 2018. As per OLA CEO Bhavish Agarawal, they are looking to invest $2 billion (~ Rs 13,000 crores) to run 1 million electric vehicles across India by 2020. This is what OLA's major shareholder Softbank chairman Masayoshi Son said in December 2016.

If this materializes as per plans, then it will be great for many cities in India.
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The present EV technology in India is far from being called as mature. The trained manpower for repairs is not present even in tier I cities. I have seen owners struggling with minor software niggled and the service outlets are clueless !

Unless major players bring their successful products in India along with strong after sales, the OLA dream will be far from reality or they will simply blow away investors money.

e2O for one is not meant for commercial operations, space being other limitation with this car. What kind of success these guys are looking at and why will the Ola Partner / Driver pick EV over conventional cars is another issue that is required to be addressed. If there is some information around this? and can be shared in the forum?

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Bangalore-based Lithium Urban Technologies (http://www.project-lithium.com/) has been in this business since 2015. They have a fleet of Mahindra e2Os across Bangalore and New Delhi, if I'm not wrong, that serve a network of corporates. I think for short haul urban transport, e2O is a wonderful vehicle.
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Good initiative. ... As per OLA CEO Bhavish Agarawal, they are looking to invest $2 billion (~ Rs 13,000 crores) to run 1 million electric vehicles across India by 2020....
This is scary. We simply may not have enough space in our cities for so many cars. Government should look at making public transport lucrative to the rich as well instead of private players bringing in personal mobility options. I know I may be hanged for making this statement in a forum of petrol heads, but that unfortunately is the reality staring at us in the not so distant future.

A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars. It's where the rich use public transportation. - Gustavo Petro
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Ola/Uber are munching millions of miles per day. The least thing government could do is to mandate at least a percent of the miles should be electric. This is one of those things where it actually makes sense but still needs a bit a push.
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As per OLA CEO Bhavish Agarawal, they are looking to invest $2 billion (~ Rs 13,000 crores) to run 1 million electric vehicles across India by 2020. This is what OLA's major shareholder Softbank chairman Masayoshi Son said in December 2016.
That's a load of bull. For starters, where will they source those million EVs ? The only real manufacturer of electric cars today - Mahindra Electric - has a production capacity of 400 / month!

End of the day, this is all a PR exercise. Ola isn't here to be environmentally-friendly; it's sole aim is to make profits. They will definitely adopt electric cars, but when the rest of India does & when it's financially feasible + practical to run one. As of date, and in the short-term future, neither of the two are true.
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That's a load of bull. For starters, where will they source those million EVs ? The only real manufacturer of electric cars today - Mahindra Electric - has a production capacity of 400 / month!

End of the day, this is all a PR exercise. Ola isn't here to be environmentally-friendly; it's sole aim is to make profits. They will definitely adopt electric cars, but when the rest of India does & when it's financially feasible + practical to run one. As of date, and in the short-term future, neither of the two are true.
I am betting Ola will make a play and buy out Lithium Technologies in order to corner the Eco transportation market
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