Fleet of 200 EVs will be made available throughout the city for public and private transport
Ola and Mahindra have partnered with the Government of India to provide new electric transport options in Nagpur.
The project will incorporate vehicles across different sectors, including e-buses, e-cabs, e-rickshaws and EVs together on a single platform, which residents of Nagpur will be able to book using the Ola app.
This pilot project will commence with a 200-strong fleet, including 100 Mahindra e2o Plus EVs, as well as other OEMs including Tata Motors, Kinetic, BYD, TVS and others.
Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Government of Maharashtra & Shri Nitin Gadkari, Hon’ble Minister of Road Transport, Highways & Shipping, Government of India inaugurated India’s first multi-modal electric vehicle project at the Nagpur Airport Complex on Friday May 26 where Ola also unveiled its own EV charging station.
Ola has already invested upward of 500 million rupees (US$7.7 million) towards EVs and charging infrastructure, starting with 50+ charging points across 4 strategic locations in the city of Nagpur, the 13th largest city in India.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis said: “The state of Maharashtra is geared towards driving positive change for collective improvement of the society we live in, and we welcome and encourage such initiatives. In support of this initiative, we have waived off VAT, road tax, and registration for all electric vehicles in the state, and we look forward to building Maharashtra as a model state for others to emulate in the future.”
Sulajja Firodia Motwani, Founder & CEO of Kinetic Green Energy & Power Solutions, one of the project OEM partners, said: “As India’s largest electric three wheeler maker, we are excited to be partnering in this initiative with Ola by supplying 100 of our superior e-rickshaws, Kinetic Safar in Phase 1. These e-rickshaws will play a key part in providing seamless e-mobility at Nagpur, especially for last mile connectivity and for affordable short distance travel.”
With the country now embarking on a push to make 100% of new vehicles electrified by 2030, pilot schemes in cities such as Nagpur will prove vital in terms of trialling how e-mobility systems can work in India’s growing metropolitan areas.