Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on 26 May 2017 inaugurated India’s first Electric Mass Transport Project in Nagpur.
The pilot project envisages a fleet of 200 electric-powered public transport vehicles which will run on Ola Cabs' app platform in Nagpur.
Out of these 200 electric-powered vehicles, 100 e2o Electric Taxis were manufactured by Mahindra & Mahindra group’s Mahindra Electric while Kinetic Green Energy and Power Solutions has supplied 100 e-rickshaws, Kinetic Safar.
Mahindra & Mahindra’s total investment in technology, products, and plants of e-vehicles was over Rs 600 crore. All these electric-powered public transport vehicles will be fully owned by cab aggregator Ola.
CM Fadnavis also inaugurated an Electric Charging Station at the Nagpur airport that was built by Ola itself. Ola also built three other charging stations in Nagpur and all these four stations together have 53 charging points that can power the entire fleet of 200 e-vehicles.
Ola started investing in e-vehicles a decade ago and launched the e2o in 2011, followed by a sedan and a cargo vehicle powered by electricity. The company already has 2700 e-vehicles running across India which clock around 14 million kms per day.
The future of Indian Automobile Industry belongs to vehicles powered by electricity, solar power, ethanol, Liquified Natural Gas, Bio-Fuel, and Compressed Natural Gas rather than the crude oil.
India imports crude oil worth more than Rs 4 trillion which effectively means that it is exporting all its money. In such a scenario, this import-substituting, pollution-free, cost-effective and indigenous means of mass public transport is the way forward to bring down India’s dependence on imported crude.
What: Launched in Nagpur
When: 26 May 2017