Rideshare platform Ola has moved into manufacturing and will be selling electric mopeds (scooters) to eco-conscious Kiwis next year.
Ola’s electric scooters will help support the Government’s goal of on-roading 64,000 new electric vehicles by the end of 2021, while also helping the public sector become carbon neutral by 2025.
The scooter initiative is a key part of Ola’s move towards offering sustainable mobility solutions across shared and owned mobility. Consumers will be able to buy high quality electric two wheelers which have already won the company several design and innovation awards, including at the Consumer Electronic Show and the German Design Awards.
Ola is already in the advanced stage of setting up the world’s largest scooter factory in India, which once completed, will have the capacity to manufacture over two million scooters a year.
Chairman and group CEO at Ola, Bhavish Agarwal, says Ola welcomes the Government’s move towards carbon neutrality, especially in the mobility sector.
“We are excited about bringing our electric two wheelers to New Zealand to further accelerate development of sustainable solutions. Climate change is a serious challenge and Ola is committed to moving the world to sustainable mobility through our products.”
With the Government’s climate emergency announcement, transport providers will be needing to step up and make changes.
“We believe Ola’s new scooter product will be welcomed by consumers as a way to contribute towards establishing a 0-carbon economy,” says Ola NZ managing director, Brian Dewil.
Earlier this year, Ola announced plans to hire 2,000 people for its electric business as it rapidly builds a suite of electric and smart urban mobility solutions for consumers around the world.