Ola plans to build the world’s largest scooter charging network in India


Ola Electric Mobility plans to build a nationwide charging network for electric scooters that are expected to start rolling out of its massive Bengaluru factory this summer.

Ola Hypercharger Network will be the world’s largest and densest two-wheeled charging system, comprising 100,000 high-speed charging points in more than 400 Indian cities, Ola said in a statement Thursday. The first year, the startup will install 5,000 points in 100 cities, doubling these infrastructures in the country. Its scooters will also be delivered with a home charging kit.

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Sufficient charging infrastructure is essential to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles in India, which lags far behind China and Europe. If Ola Electric is to sell the 10 million vehicles it plans to produce a year at the Bengaluru electric scooter factory – the world’s largest – the startup will need to alleviate consumer concerns about prices, range. and the availability of charging points.

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The SoftBank and Tiger Global Management-backed startup said its system would take 18 minutes to replenish an electric scooter battery at 50% charge, which will allow a 75-kilometer (47-mile) trip. The chargers will be located in city centers, business districts, office towers and other crowded areas. Customers will be able to pay and track the progress of the load through an app, said the company, which will build the system with partners.

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“We are reinventing the whole user experience of owning an electric vehicle,” Bhavish Aggarwal, co-founder and CEO of Ola, said in the statement. “By creating the world’s largest and densest two-wheeled charging network, we will dramatically accelerate customer adoption of electric vehicles.”

Ola said his scooters will be “aggressively” priced to make them affordable for buyers in India. The company also plans to export to foreign markets.

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