This company has ‘raised $300 million in a month’ to make Electric Vehicles for Indians
Several Indian Electric Vehicle (EV) startups have raised millions of dollars in the last one month as reports show that an average middle Indian is more than eagar to switch over to electric.
Leading the bunch is Ola Electric which has raised a whopping $300 million and is in talks marquee investors for its latest funding round, reported Business Insider.
According to the report, as India moves towards the probability of a sustainable future, electric vehicles take the centre stage of most discussions to cut down pollution and also the dependency on fuel as a natural resource.
The interest in these startups come in as India is poised to take the global stage in EV. They join other well-funded Indian startups like Ather Energy, US-based Triton, who have already rolled out their EV two-wheelers and four-wheelers or set up shop in India
Ola Electric, the EV arm of ride-hailing giant Ola, in fact claims to be building the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturing facility. The company claims that by 2022, its facility in Tamil Nadu will be ready to produce 10 million vehicles annually.
According to a survey conducted by autotech firm CarDekho and Omnicom Media Group, 66% of customers are willing to buy electric vehicles, out of which 53% said they were strongly inclined to go electric.
According to reports, the Indian government is planning to offer fresh incentives to EV manufacturers – a possible $8 billion over the next five years.
India’s transport minister Nitin Gadkari, who had said that he himself drives an EV, called for people to embrace the shift to electric. Gadkari also said that 100% lithium ion batteries, an essential component in EVs, will be made in India, while the government also researches on other abundantly available materials like aluminium ion, sodium ion, steel ion and zinc ion for batteries.
During the country’s Union Budget 2019-20, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman pushed for the Indian Electric Vehicles mission. In an attempt to make EVs popular, the finance minister had announced a tax subsidy for people who buy EVs.
World’s second richest man Elon Musk’s Tesla has already announced its much-awaited India entry. Tesla has already set up an office in India’s Bengaluru and will soon set up a manufacturing unit in the city.
Meanwhile, Asia’s richest man Mukesh Ambani also has his eyes on India’s burgeoning EV sector. His company Reliance Industries recently announced that it would make batteries for EVs. “RIL will further accelerate its new energy and new materials business towards its vision of clean and green energy development,” the company said in a filing with the stock exchanges.