New Delhi: Ola Electric on Thursday said it will bring its electric scooter to the Indian market in July this year, and is working on setting up a ‘Hypercharger Network’ to include one lakh charging points across 400 cities.
Last year, Ola had announced a Rs 2,400 crore investment for setting up its first electric scooter factory in Tamil Nadu. Upon completion, the factory will create nearly 10,000 jobs and will be the world’s largest scooter manufacturing facility that will initially have an annual capacity of 2 million units. The company is yet to disclose details like the pricing of the e-scooter.
“We will put out the factory by June, which will have the capacity to manufacture 2 million units and then we’ll ramp up – over the next 12 months – after the factory is set up the sale will also start at the same time, so factory gets completed in June, sale starts in July,” Ola chairman and Group CEO Bhavish Aggarwal said.
“To get adoption of electric vehicles, a strong charging network is required. Today, one of the key infrastructure gaps in our country is the charging network…(Our) Hypercharger Network will be the largest fast-charging network for two-wheelers (across) 400 cities and towns and we will be building more than 1,00,000 charging points as part of this network,” he said.
In the first year, Ola is setting up over 5,000 charging points across 100 cities in India. The network will charge 50 per cent of the Ola Scooter battery in 18 minutes for a 75 km range. These charging stations will be deployed as stand-alone towers as well as in popular locations such as malls, IT parks, office complexes, and cafes to ensure that Ola Electric customers always have a charging point nearby.
The Ola Hypercharger network is being built by Ola along with partners. Customers will be able to monitor the charging progress in real-time on the Ola Electric app and seamlessly pay for the charging through the app as well. The Ola Scooter will include a home charger that will require no installation and will allow customers to charge their vehicle at home by plugging it into a regular wall socket for charging.
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