A pedestrian walks past an advertisement for the Ola ride-hailing service and application. (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

Ola Electric Raises Rs 400 Crore In Funding

Ride hailing major Ola said on Friday its electric vehicle business—Ola Electric Mobility—has raised Rs 400 crore in a funding round led by Tiger Global and Matrix India.

OEM was initially established to enable Ola's electric mobility pilot programme in Nagpur in 2017, the company said in a statement. Last year, Ola had announced its plan to bring one million electric vehicles on Indian roads by 2022. The entity has been now spun off with the injection of the fresh funds.

The statement said Ola Electric is currently running several pilots to deploy electric vehicles and charging solutions, including battery swapping stations, electric two-wheeler and three-wheeler services among others. The company will be led by Anand Shah and Ankit Jain, who headed Ola's connected vehicle platform, it said.

The statement said Ola Electric has already partnered with several original equipment manufacturers and battery manufacturers, and intends to work closely with the automotive industry to create seamless solutions for electric vehicle operations.

"At Ola Electric, our mission is to enable sustainable mobility for everyone. India can leapfrog problems of pollution and energy security by moving to electric mobility, create millions of new jobs and economic opportunity, and lead the world," Ola Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Bhavish Aggarwal said.

Tiger Global Management Partner Lee Fixel said OEM is well-positioned to build the ecosystem for electric mobility. "As Ola's first institutional investors, we're excited to begin this journey with Ola Electric and partner in creating yet another impactful mobility business."