Clean Energy | March 6, 2019

India’s Ola launches electric vehicle business with $56 million in funding

Jessica Pothering
ImpactAlpha Editor

Jessica Pothering

ImpactAlpha, March 5 – India ride-hailing service Ola has created a new, independent company to build up its electrical vehicle presence and supportive infrastructure, like battery charging stations. The company, Ola Electric Mobility, has launched with $56 million in funding from investors, including Tiger Global and Matrix India—both of which were early backers of Ola itself.

Amid India’s (revised) mission to convert a third of its road vehicles to electric by 2030, Ola has already conducted several pilots with two- and three-wheel electric vehicles (EV), battery charging stations, and battery swapping stations. 

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The new venture will help Ola ramp up its electric vehicles fleet by partnering with equipment and battery manufacturers. “The first problem to solve in electric mobility is charging: users need a dependable, convenient, and affordable replacement for the petrol pump,” Ola Electric Mobility’s Anand Shah said.

Japan’s SoftBank, which owns a quarter of Ola, has been a long-time advocate for the company’s presence in the electric vehicle market.