The Ola electric scooter could not only be unveiled but launched in India in January 2021, says a new PTI report published on newindianexpress.com. While local production is planned, initially the new electric scooter could be imported from Netherlands.
Ola Electric had acquired Dutch electric mobility company Etergo in May this year, and so, it doesn’t need to develop an electric scooter from the scratch. The first Ola electric scooter would be based on the Etergo AppScooter. The Dutch company says on its website that it is facing production delays of at least two to three months because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The report says that both Dutch and Indian launches are set to happen in the next two months, though.
The Made in Netherlands Etergo AppScooter costs EUR 3,399 or INR 3 lakh onwards in the company’s home market. Importing it to India would make it too expensive. Perhaps Ola Electric would launch a pilot program with a limited number of scooters that it launches through leasing plans. As the second step, the company would need to make changes to the Etergo AppScooter to bring down production cost and the make the business plan feasible.
Ola Electric was reportedly in talks with big-name OEMs like Bosch and Samsung to outsource the manufacturing of the Ola electric scooter initially. Then, it reportedly started considering its own production plant and is in discussions with several Indian state governments to procure 100 acres of unencumbered land for the same. Word out there is that the company is planning a factory with an annual production capacity of one million EVs. A high level of localisation is expected on the Ola Electric Scooter to keep the price low.
In the Netherlands, the Etergo AppScooter can be configured with up to three battery modules, each with a capacity of 1.2 kWh and a range of 80 km. The single module configuration gives a range of 80 km, the twin-module configuration can go up 160 km on a full charge and when the battery bays are full it can continue further up to 240 km. These configurations come with 2 kW, 4 kW and 7 kW motors respectively.
The top-speed of the base variant is unknown, but the mid-range and top-end variants can achieve a top speed of 70 km/h and 95 km/h respectively. The mid-range variant costs EUR 3,399 or INR 3.79 lakh, and the top-end variant costs EUR 5,306 or INR 4.68 lakh in Europe.
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