Celebrating India’s Independence Day in its unique style, CEO of Ola Electric has announced its future plans on the launch of an all-electric vehicle that can go from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour (just over 62 mph) in four seconds.
In a video presentation, Bhavish Aggarwal offered up several details about the Indian-built vehicle.
It would, he said, have a range of over 500 kilometers per charge (around 310 miles), an all-glass roof, and assisted driving capability. The EV would also be keyless and “handle-less.” The company plans to launch the electric vehicle in 2024.
“Global automakers think that the Indian market is not ready for world-class technology and, hence, sell their hand-me-down tech in India,” he said. This needed to be changed, he added.
Aggarwal announce plans to develop what he called a “full-EV hub” by expanding the company’s “Futurefactory” in Tamil Nadu state, which currently focuses on the production of two-wheel electric vehicles.
At full scale, he said the extended facility would produce 1 million cars, 10 million two-wheelers and 100-gigawatt hours of cells each year. “This reimagined Ola Futurefactory is going to be the world’s largest EV ecosystem at a single site,” Aggarwal said.
Ola Electric is the EV arm of ride-hailing firm Ola, which was established in 2011.
Both Ola and Ola Electric have attracted investment from SoftBank Group.
India, which is on track to become the planet’s most populous country next year, is something of an untapped market when it comes to electric cars, lagging behind China, the European Union and the U.S.
“In Brazil, India and Indonesia, fewer than 0.5% of car sales are electric,” the International Energy Agency’s Global EV Outlook notes.
Ola’s venture into India’s electric car market will see it compete with Tata Motors and Mahindra Electric Mobility, among others.