Ola in talks with Bosch & Samsung for its Electric Scooter project

Ola Electric is searching for an OEM that can manufacture the Ola electric scooter it plans to launch in India next year. The cab aggregator is in discussions with big companies like Bosch and Samsung, as per a new report from livemint.com. Bosch and Samsung supply parts to auto companies in India and the Ola Electric scooter would have a high level of localized content. Top quality electric scooters Bajaj Chetak and TVS iQube source their electric motor from Bosch.

Ola Electric wants to set up the whole supply chain for the Ola electric scooter in India, a person aware of the developments told the business publication. Like Bajaj Auto in the case of the Chetak electric scooter, the company is in the process of reducing dependence on the global supply chain, much of which translates to Chinese origins. The plan is to create a local manufacturing capacity of 1 million EVs, mostly two-wheelers, by 2023, the source added.

The same person said that Ola Electric is holding discussions with SoftBank as well to bring a few other electric vehicle OEMs to establish a manufacturing facility in India. SoftBank had invested $250 million in Ola Electric at a $1 billion valuation in July 2019.

A second source said that it is not possible to manufacture battery cells of EVs in India at this point. At best, a company can import them from China, the USA or Europe and assemble them in India, and non-Chinese origin companies like Panasonic, Samsung and Bosch could help them with. Nearly 60-70% of the Lithium-ion reserve of the world is in China, and so, eliminating it from the supply chain is almost impossible now.

A previous report from livemint.com talked about the launch timeline and ownership models of the Ola Electric Scooter. Ola Electric acquired Etergo BV, a Dutch electric scooter company, in May this year. With this acquisition, the company hopes to release its first electric scooter quickly in the market without having to go through the long and expensive journey of developing a platform and product. The plan is likely to launch a low-cost version of the Etergo AppScooter.

The donor model, the Etergo AppScooter, will hit the European markets later this year. India will get it first in the Asian continent, in a locally adapted cost-down version under a different name. Ola Electric is yet to find an OEM or a manufacturing partner to form the production plan, but the Indian manufacturing plant may cater to all of Asia.

A second source said that the company is considering various ownership and distribution models for the Ola electric scooter in India mentioning battery swapping as the “core product offering and differentiation” for the company’s first model.

The Etergo AppScooter has won several awards for its innovative design and engineering. Amsterdam-based Etergo was founded in 2014 and they revealed the AppScooter in 2018 with an innovative design and features LED DRLs, headlamp and tail lamps, single telescopic suspension in the front and horizontally mounted shock at the rear, a 7.0-inch touchscreen display that can be connected to a smartphone and controlled through handlebar buttons.

One of the major highlights of the electric scooter is its range of 240 km. The scooter can be fitted with three battery modules, each with 1.16 kWh capacity and 80 km range. The electric motor makes a maximum power of 6 kW and a maximum torque of 135 Nm at the wheel, which allows the scooter to go from 0 to 45 km/h in 3.9 seconds. The software is based on Android OS, compatible with iOS, has WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity and can receive over-the-air updates. The AppScooter also boasts 50-litre under-seat storage.

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Experts believe that electric two-wheelers will become more relevant in the post-COVID world and Ola Electric is aiming to transform the global two-wheeler market into a clean energy future. Ola Electric is currently involved in various pilots to deploy electric vehicles and charging solutions across cities. Previously, the company’s founder Bhavish Aggarwal said that electric mobility is the future and there is an opportunity in the post COVID world to accelerate the adoption of electric mobility globally. He added that he is very excited to welcome the entire Etergo team to Ola Electric and is looking forward to making Ola’s vision a reality by working closely with them.

Etergo AppScooter SpecificationsFigures
Length1860 mm
Height1155 mm
Width700 mm
Wheel Base1345 mm
Seat Height800 mm
Wheel Size12″ Aluminium Alloy
Tyres11/70-12
SuspensionFront: Telescopic single shock headstock
Rear: Horizontally mounted shock absorber with progressive geometry
Brake SystemHydraulic slotted disc brake with fully floating calipers
Brake Disc SizeFront: 200 mm
Rear: 180 mm
Storage Volume50 L
Kerb Weight74 kg
Motor TypeAC Brushless
Max Motor Output6 kW
Nominal Motor Output3 kW
System Voltage48 V nominal
Max Torque50 Nm
Max Wheel Torque135 Nm
Acceleration0-45 km/h in 3.9 seconds
Battery Capacity1155 Wh per module
Max Discharge Power3 kW per module
Max Regenerative Power1250 W per module
Max Charge Power600 W per module
Battery Weight8.5 kg per module
Audio2 x 10 W Full range audio
Operating SystemAndroid
Companion App FunctionalityRemote lock/unlock
Find my scooter
Charging control
Internet Connectivity4G (LTE), 3G, GPRS, WiFi
Device CommunicationBluetooth, WiFi
Built-in Software FunctionsNavigation
Music
Phone control
Advanced diagnostics
Smartphone Compatibility For PairingiOS and Android
UpdatesOver-the-air updates
PositioningGPS/GLONASS/Galileo
Electric Range80 km per module at 20 km/h