Ola Electric will employ 10,000 women to power its electric scooter factory in Tamil Nadu which, at full capacity, will also be the largest in the world for electric scooters.
Ola Electric factory in Tamil Nadu is all set to become the world’s largest facility for electric scooters.
On Monday, Ola Electric CEO Bhavish Aggarwal revealed that it will also be the world’s largest factory overall to be run entirely by women – 10,000 at full scale.
Ola Electric facility is the home to the Ola Electric S1 and S1 Pro scooters.
Phase one is near completion, at full capacity, it would be able to roll out two million units per year. It would cater to the demands in the Indian market as well as overseas, including the US where deliveries are scheduled to begin from next year.
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Aggarwal further informed that the focus is on helping women in the country achieve work-parity with men. “We have invested significantly to train and upskill them in core manufacturing skills and they will be responsible for the entire production of every vehicle manufactured at Ola Future factory,” he informed.
Ola Electric factory in Tamil Nadu is all set to become the world’s largest facility for electric scooters. On Monday, Ola Electric CEO Bhavish Aggarwal revealed that it will also be the world’s largest factory overall to be run entirely by women – 10,000 at full scale.
The Ola Electric factory is spread over 500 acres of area and is a result of a ₹2,400-crore MoU signed with the Tamil Nadu state government in December 2021. The land acquisition for the plant was completed in January this year and the construction work began by late February. Once fully complete, Ola Electric says the facility will make use of 5,000 robots and automated guided vehicles, apart from the all-women workforce.
The Ola S1 electric scooter – the company’s debut product – has already been launched in the market at a starting price of ₹1 lakh (ex showroom). Deliveries are scheduled to begin from October for those who have reserved a unit using the online channel. The company, in fact, has no plans of having on-ground dealer network and will follow a direct-to-home sales channel.
The S1 and S1 electric scooters have a range of around 120 kms and 180 kms, respectively. Ola Electric is claiming that the e-scooter hit 40 kmph in three seconds and has a top speed of 115 kmph. Available in 10 colour options, the e-scooter can be powered to 50% in 18 minutes using Ola Hypercharger points.
Ola Electric is also aiming to establish and expand charging infrastructure although Aggarwal believes establishing low-cost, slow-charging points in parking lots is the way forward.