Bengaluru: With an aim to expand its reach in cities and towns the ride-hailing major Ola has decided to roll out one million electric rickshaws and e-auto-rickshaws by 2021 and as a part of it, 10,000 vehicles will hit the roads over the next 12 months for shuttle services. “We intend to launch one million electric vehicles by 2021 as part of our commitment to sustainable mobility,” the company said in a statement.
Moreover, these electric versions would improve outcomes for drivers and commuters alike. “We will work with driver-partners, cities, manufacturers and battery firms to make cost-effective and sustainable mobility,” noted the statement.
“As three-wheelers are a vital commuting mode and source of livelihood for people daily, the electric version provides an opportunity to improve the service to all stakeholders and reduce pollution in cities and towns,” asserted Ola co-founder and Chief Executive Bhavish Aggarwal on the occasion.
Ola’s first electric vehicle was launched in Nagpur in May 2017 on the pilot project basis to offer accessible and affordable mobility.
The company has urged state governments to draft an environmental policy for deploying electric vehicles, including three-wheelers for mobility.