Ola and Mahindra on Friday announced their collaboration with the Government of India in a first-of-its-kind programme to build an electric mass mobility ecosystem in Nagpur. Both companies seek bring about a transformational change in the automotive and transportation landscape in the country.
The first multi-modal electric vehicle project was inaugurated at the Nagpur Airport Complex by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari.
The project will bring together electric vehicles from different segments, including e-buses, e-cabs, e-autos, and e-rickshaws on the Ola app. Citizens of Nagpur can book these vehicles from the app for their transportation needs.
The pilot project is slated to commence with a 200-strong fleet, including 100 of Mahindra’s new e2o Plus vehicles. The rest of the fleet will consist of vehicles sources from other OEMs including Tata Motors, Kinetic, BYD and TVS, amongst others.
Fadnavis and Gadkari flagged off this all-electric fleet from the Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport in the presence of key dignitaries and thousands of citizens. This was succeeded by the unveiling of Ola’s electric charging station, situated within the airport complex. This unique installation is the first of its kind and will power the fleet.
Ola has already invested upward of Rs. 50 crore towards electric vehicles and charging infrastructure, starting with over 50 charging points across four 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.
(With inputs from ANI)